For the first time as a Cleveland Cavalier, star LeBron James will finally be the cover athlete on an NBA 2K game. The King will be the cover athlete on the upcoming NBA 2K19 20th Anniversary Edition this fall, 2K announced on Tuesday.
They Will Know Your Name, just like they know the King's. Introducing our 20th Anniversary Edition cover athlete @KingJames. Pre-order #NBA2K19 now to play 4 days early starting September 7th https://t.co/Fwn4OnQeur pic.twitter.com/Uw0IPMhArs
— NBA 2K19 (@NBA2K) June 5, 2018
Although he appeared on the cover as a member of the Miami Heat in 2o14, James is humbled to be the cover athlete for the anniversary edition, one that is very special to 2K.
“It’s humbling to be on the 20th anniversary cover of a game I’ve played and loved since I was a little kid,” James said in a statement, according to Variety. “We were able to do something really unique for the cover that represents everything that drives me and inspires me — from my family to where I come from and words I live by. I’m honored my journey can be part of this special time in 2K history and I’m excited for fans to see it.”
With a backdrop that includes words and phrases such as “Man in the Arena”, “G.O.A.T”, “Equality”, “RWTW”, “James Gang”, “St-V-M”, and “Strive For Greatness”, the King was able to include things that have special meaning to him, making the cover even more unique.
Don’t read too much into the 14-time All-Star not donning a Cavs jersey on the cover. Due to him winning multiple championships with two different teams, 2K most likely thought it was necessary to not show his jersey on the Legacy (and Special) edition of the game. Then again, they might have learned their lesson last year as well. Former Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving was the cover athlete on NBA 2K18 and they were forced to photoshop him into a Boston Celtics jersey prior to the game being released.
The special edition release will include a bunch of bonuses, many of which include No. 23:
The NBA 2K19 20th Anniversary Edition includes the following digital items:
100,000 Virtual Currency;
50,000 MyTEAM points;
20 MyTEAM League Packs;
Sapphire LeBron James MyTEAM Card;
10 MyTEAM “20th Anniversary” Packs;
5 LeBron-themed murals for MyCOURT;
LeBron MyCOURT design;
LeBron Nike apparel capsule: Includes LeBron-themed shirts, hats, socks, jersey, and
LeBron Nike shoe collection: Includes 25 different pairs of LeBron’s signature shoes,
including the Lebron 15’s and 16’s!
Physical Items include:
LeBron NBA 2K19 poster;
NBA 2K sticker sheet;
Custom Wristband featuring LeBron’s chosen words.
The 20th Anniversary special edition will be available in both digital and physical formats on September 7 for $99.99. The Standard Edition will be available September 11.
Here’s an early look at the NBA 2K19 trailer: