- LeBron James is on the cover of NBA 2K19, but there is a notable omission.
- As James is hitting free agency this summer, his uniform isn’t shown on the cover; it’s just a close-up of his face.
- Recent players that have been featured on the cover have gone on to new teams.
LeBron James is gracing the cover of NBA 2K19, but the creators must have learned a valuable lesson from Kyrie Irving last year.
Irving was on the cover of 2K18 in the Cleveland Cavaliers uniform and was traded to the Boston Celtics days before the game was released. The creators of the game had to change the cover to put Irving in a Celtics uniform.
So with James entering free agency this summer and his destination very much unknown, the game-makers aren’t taking any chances. The cover features a close-up of James, but his uniform can’t be seen.
- Via 2K Games
The NBA 2K franchise also has an ongoing curse of sorts – players who have been featured on the covers have been traded or went to new teams.
James was also on the 2014 cover, then went back to the Cavs. In 2015, Kevin Durant was on the cover, then went to the Golden State Warriors. Paul George was on the 2017 cover, then was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder. And then Irving graced the cover last year.
Will James be on a different team next year?