Cleveland Cavaliers star point guard Kyrie Irving lands the cover of NBA 2K18.
Gearing up for a trip to the NBA Finals with his Cleveland Cavaliers, Kyrie Irving has added another accolade to his growing list of accomplishments. The 25-year-old guard will be the latest cover star for the best-selling video game series NBA 2K.
On the eve of the Cavs match-up with the Golden State Warriors in the 2017 NBA Finals, Irving was presented the honor of being named the cover athlete for NBA 2K18, the newest version of Take-Two Interactive’s popular basketball video game lineup.
“The opportunity that’s at hand, to be able to grace the cover of 2K, some of the greatest athletes that have played our game have been on this cover, I’m just glad I just joined that lineage,” says Irving. Recent versions of the game have featured a “who’s who” of past and present NBA greats: Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Steph Curry and of, course, Irving’s teammate, LeBron James.
Irving, an avid gamer, is no stranger to video game covers, gracing the cover of 2K rival, EA Sports’ NBA Live 14 in 2013, becoming one of a select few to be featured on both games.
“Watching 2K evolve into this incredible, incredible game that has great gameplay… it was a no-brainer,” to take on being the cover star.
Irving sheepishly owns up to playing seemingly “every day,” with very specific rules when playing with friends: Six-minute quarters, no fatigue, a choice of three randomly selected teams (with an option for a fourth random team that you can’t switch from if you aren’t happy with your first three choices) and a five-game series amongst those teams. His “go-to” team? Not his Cavs or the rival Warriors but the Chicago Bulls. “Jimmy Butler is an animal in that game.”
“The Cavs and Warriors are almost… they’re one and two,” says Irving. “If it’s not Cavs and Warriors matching up then it’s almost like unfair in 2K.” Sounds like real-life in the NBA these days.
As for his prediction for the real-life battle set to take place between those two teams on Thursday night, Irving’s pick is clear and unsurprising. “Cavs,” says Irving with a laugh. “Just Cavs.”