DENVER — As the NBA prepares to make a sweeping change to the logo, it’s also trying to avoid making any unnecessary changes to its iconic mascot, the chimney sweep.
The NBA’s official mascot, a black man with a mustache and white beard, is seen in the background during a game against the Phoenix Suns on Dec. 3, 2015 in Denver.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has said the league will make sweeping change in its mascot.
The NBA, which has not released a logo redesign in more than a decade, has had several mascots in recent years.
Silver, a former basketball player, said in January that the league is not sure if the league needs to change its mascot for the upcoming season.
“I think the only thing that we have to be very clear about is that the NBA has to keep the character of the league and its brand,” Silver said.
“And there is a very good chance we will have a change to our mascot for next year.
I mean, it could be a change that we make in the next few weeks.”
Silver’s comment was the first time he has made a firm announcement about the NBA’s mascot since he was named commissioner in 2012.
The commissioner has also made other comments about the future of the mascot in the past.
In February, Silver said he hoped the NBA would adopt the new logo by the 2020-21 season.
A league spokesman declined to comment on the commissioner’s comments.
The NBA is working on a logo overhaul that will include a new face, a new crest, a modernized name and new names for the league’s 20 teams.
The league has not publicly unveiled the changes.
In addition to its mascot, there are several other mascots that have appeared on the court in recent seasons.
The first was the mascot of the Oklahoma City Thunder, a giant white man wearing a white mask and a black-and-white jersey.
The mascot was known as “Thunder,” and it played an important role in the Thunder’s winning streak in 2016-17.
Then in April, the New Orleans Pelicans announced they were making a change.
The Pelicans announced in a news release that they were creating a new mascot.
Pelicans owner Tom Benson, who has a history of making big changes to his teams’ logos, had previously created the logo for the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Benson had previously been criticized for his decisions with the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers.
“I want to thank Commissioner Silver for his leadership in revamping the mascot,” Pelicans general manager Dell Demps said in a statement.
“I think it’s very important to keep in mind that the mascot will be an integral part of the Pelicans brand going forward.”
Benson’s comments came as the NBA was preparing to make its logo changes, which included a new name for the team.
The team said it would name the mascot “Shane” and will not change the face.
The Pelicans also announced plans to make changes to a logo that features a man with the face of a bear.
Pelicans general counsel Josh Goldstein told The Associated Press that the name will be changed to “Hornets,” which is a reference to the league team.
The change of mascot is part of an effort by the NBA to address the issues raised by the 2016 protests over police violence and racism in the U.S. That year, the NBA had already been criticized after the league announced that it would not play a game in Los Angeles in January because of the riots.
The protests, which drew thousands of protesters and thousands of supporters to downtown L.A. to demand the return of an NBA championship game, sparked a national debate about police use of force and race.
The league also recently released a new logo that has a black and white silhouette of a man in a bow tie with a white bow, with the NBA and the city of Los Angeles.
The logo is not the first change the NBA made to its logo this season.
The New Orleans Hornets unveiled a new look in March, and the Los Angeles Clippers introduced a new team logo in June.
The NFL also has a logo for its teams.
This year, it replaced the logo that had the word “NFL” in gold with the word NFL in silver, with a silver cross with a gold background.