On Thursday, NBA 2K revealed that Laker legend Kobe Bryant would grace the cover of upcoming release NBA 2K24. The honor comes three years after Bryant’s shocking death in a helicopter crash, along with eight others, including his daughter Gianna.
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Sharing the Mamba Mentality with the next generation. Introducing our #NBA2K24 cover athlete, Kobe Bryant.
Kobe Bryant Edition
Black Mamba Edition
Pre-order your copy tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/dCp2UbQUOq
— NBA 2K (@NBA2K) July 6, 2023
2K normally does a special edition with a different player on the cover for the special edition, but with this being 2K24, both versions are different iterations of Kobe Bryant. The Kobe Bryant edition being the standard version, with afro Kobe gracing the cover, then the special Black Mamba edition with the older version of Bryant, the one without hair.
Bryant has been on the 2K cover three previous times before this. The first time in 2010 after winning the NBA Finals over the Boston Celtics. Then, in 2017, there was a special Mamba edition after Bryant announced his retirement at the end of the year. Finally, in 2021, there was a special edition with Kobe on the cover, called the ‘Mamba Forever’ edition, to honor the untimely death of the NBA legend.
The game will be available for preorder tomorrow everywhere.