It’s Dame’s world. We’re all just living in it.
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— NBA 2K21 (@NBA2K) June 30, 2020
The NBA 2K video game franchise announced Tuesday that Portland Trail Blazers superstar guard Damian Lillard will grace the cover of NBA 2K21 for current generation consoles, including the the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Windows P and Google Stadia versions of the game.
— Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) June 30, 2020
Dame is one of three athletes to appear on the cover, and the remaining ballers will be revealed over the next two days: the next-gen cover athlete for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X on Wednesday, and the Legends cover athlete on Thursday.
In addition to the gaming masses, the NBA 2K franchise has become wildly popular among NBA players, including Los Angeles Clippers guard Paul George, Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis, Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant, and others.
The 2K series was first released with 11-time All-Star Allen Iverson on the cover in 1999. In the years since, the 2K series has become one of the most popular esports franchises in the world, with stars such as Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal and LeBron James all gracing the cover.
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 2K21 (@NBA2K) June 5, 2018
Lillard is the first Portland player to be featured on the cover of a 2K game, but he was previously the cover athlete for NBA 2K Online 2, a copy-cat version released in China, as well as the cover athlete of EA Sports NBA Live 15.
Lillard spoke to Shams Charania of The Athletic on Tuesday about gracing the 2K21 cover.
“This is a special moment for me in my NBA career. I’ve been a fan of NBA 2K for years and love how they represent all aspects of basketball culture. I’m an avid 2K player, so I’m honored to join the other NBA greats who have been on the cover. I’m grateful to all my fans and can’t wait for everyone to experience the game later this year.”
“I made it. I’m going to be on the cover of 2K.”
— Stadium (@Stadium) June 30, 2020
Alfie Brody, vice president of marketing for NBA 2K, also voiced his excitement over the partnership.
“There are a lot of great players in the NBA today, but Damian Lillard has done a particularly standout job of representing the current generation of NBA superstar. From his cultural influence, musical success, off-the-court leadership and on court domination, he’s the perfect fit for our cover of NBA 2K21 on current-generation platforms; we’re honored to have him.”
— Casey Holdahl (@CHold) June 30, 2020
Lillard is a 5-time NBA All-Star and was named to the All-NBA First Team in 2018, and over the course of his 8-year career, he’s become best known for his clutch playoff heroics, which led him to coining the phrase “Lillard Time.”
Dame D.O.L.L.A. was in the midst of another standout season, averaging career highs in points (28.9) and assists (7.8), before the season came to a halt due to the coronavirus.
Lillard is also partnering with 2K Foundations to renovate a community center and basketball court in his hometown of Oakland, California.
Source: Fox Sports