2k Games had announced that Kobe Bryant will be the third cover athlete for NBA 2k21. The five-time NBA Champion will be the front cover of the current and next-gen Mamba Forever edition of the game.
Portland Trail Blazer Damian Lillard and Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson are also cover stars for the video game.
2k21 will be available on Xbox One, PS4, and the newer systems coming out Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5.
2K Games announced the new cover arts on twitter with the captions:
“24. Legend. Leader. Champion. We honor Kobe Bryant as our Cover Athlete for the Next Gen Mamba Forever Edition 💜💛 #NBA2K21”
“8 Relentless. Driven. A true competitor. We celebrate Kobe Bryant as our Cover Athlete for the Current-Gen Mamba Forever Edition Snake #NBA2K21”
The cover art showcases two handmade paintings illustrating the two sides of the black Mamba with a younger Kobe dunking with his number 8 jersey and the more mature Kobe waving goodbye in his 24 jerseys.
2k21 will be available for purchase in September for $59.99, but it can be preordered today ranging from $60 to $99.99 for the Mamba Edition. The Mamba Edition will include 100,000 VC, 10,000 MyTEAM Points, 60 MyCAREER Skill Boosts, 10 MyTEAM Tokens, 30 Gatorade Boosts, 40 MyTEAM Promo Packs, MYPLAYER shoe collection, Sapphire Damian Lillard and Zion Williamson, Kobe Bryant Digital Collection, 5 MyPLAYER Shoes, 3 MyPLAYER Jerseys, Black Mamba MyPLAYER Uniform, Rookie Lakers MyTEAM Jerseys, Black Mamba custom MyTEAM Jerseys, Sapphire Kobe MyTEAM Card, and 5 MyTEAM Shoes if its preordered.
Kobe has graced the cover of 2k10 and 2k17 legend edition as well. The Lakers legend died in a helicopter crash in January along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Bryant and seven others.
PRE-ORDER LINK: https://nba.2k.com/buy/