LeBron James has been one of the most dominant players in the NBA over the past 14 years, yet this only marks the second time he’s graced the cover of NBA 2K19.
The cover is fit for a king, as it’s the video game’s 20th-anniversary edition and looks like no other 2K cover you’ve ever seen.
“This year marks the 30th anniversary for the development team at Visual Concepts and the 20th for the NBA 2K series, so it was important to commemorate this milestone by partnering with the most iconic athlete of this generation in LeBron James,” said Alfie Brody, vice president of marketing for NBA 2K.
The cover features a profile photo of James with gold writing and words like King, Strive For Greatness, Man in the Arena, and Long Live the King. It even includes what we see on his sneakers almost every game: the names of his three kids.
“LeBron’s carefully crafted wording on the NBA 2K19 20th Anniversary Edition cover encapsulates the passion and drive that have elevated him to all-time greatness making him the perfect cover star,” Brody added.
But one thing that is sorely missing from the 2K cover— and that has been included on most— is the player’s jersey. Covers usually find the players on the court balling, but a stoic LeBron is shown from the shoulder up, and we can’t see a jersey. Could this be a clue that LeBron is leaving the Cavs? No one is quite sure what he’ll do during the offseason, but NBA 2K is making sure to hedge its bets.
LeBron is having a tough go at it this post-season, and if he is able to come back from a 0-2 deficit, with both losses being demoralizing, he might finally be in talks to be the greatest ever. Not only are fans skeptical, but even ex-teammate Isaiah Thomas isn’t too confident. During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel’s show where he was playing a trivia game against Isiah Thomas the legend, he said, “I’m like the Cavs, I’m going to get swept.”
Welp. Good luck, Bron.