The 2K franchise is focusing on the “young guys” this year for the 2K13 cover. That means no Kobe, no LeBron, no D.Wade. They’re focusing on “legends in the making”
“Everyone would agree there’s this new excitement around the league with some of the younger guys,” Jason Argent, who is the 2K Sports vice president of marketing, told The Times. “We just wanted to support that with what we’re doing from a gaming standpoint.”
So who’s been crowned the 2k13 cover athlete? I’ll give you three hints. A tarantula, an eagle, and a rose. Yep Durant, Blake Griffin, and D.Rose will be the new faces of 2K.
“[It] is a huge honor and something I always dreamt about,” Durant said in a statement. “It’s definitely humbling to grace the cover after the likes of Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird.”
Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook was “part of the conversation” on who to feature on the cover, but he described Griffin, Durant and Rose as the “cream of the crop.”
Each has won Rookie of the Year honors and appeared in this year’s All-Star game. Griffin helped the Clippers to their first playoff appearance since 2006 and won the 2011 NBA Dunk Contest. Durant notched his third consecutive scoring title this season. And Rose won the 2010-11 regular-season MVP.
Chicago Bulls star said,
“I’ve worked closely with 2K Sports since ‘NBA 2K10,’ and I’m honored to follow in the footsteps of Michael Jordan as the latest Chicago Bull to be featured on the cover.”
While the Lob City standout told press,
”There’s so much young talent around the NBA, so it’s very exciting to be chosen for NBA 2K’s ‘New Dynasty’ alongside Kevin and Derrick.”
Last year the cover paid homage to the legends, featuring Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, and Larry Bird.
Argent also told media that Russel Westbrook was another one of the new, young talents that was “part of the conversation.”
Will you be buying the new NBA 2K13 that’ll release this October? Was LeBron snubbed a cover? Is the league moving on from Kobe? Who should’ve made the cover?