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NBA 2K19 features LeBron James as cover athlete, Launching September 11

LeBron James arguably had the best year in his career. The man is in his 15th season, and he’s averaging 34.6 points per game in the playoffs! Yes, I know they’re still battling the Golden State Warriors in the finals, but not even LeBron can carry the band of misfits on the Cavaliers. His season is about to be over, but his presence carries on this summer through 2K’s cornerstone sports franchise, NBA 2K19.

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20th anniversary calls for something special for NBA 2K19

Not only is 2K celebrating NBA 2K’s 20th anniversary with the greatest player of all time (come at me Jordan lovers) being on the cover, but they’re also branding the special edition of NBA 2K19 the ‘Anniversary Edition.’

The Anniversary Edition’s cover art is full of quotes, terms and names all having to do with LeBron — hand picked by the King himself. “Strive for Greatness,” “Driven,” and “Equality,” all have a special meaning to LeBron.

“It’s humbling to be on the 20th anniversary cover of a game I’ve played and loved since I was a little kid,” said James. “We were able to do something really unique for the cover that represents everything that drives me and inspires me – from my family to where I come from and words I live by. I’m honored my journey can be part of this special time in 2K history and I’m excited for fans to see it.”

2K chose not to show LeBron’s jersey on NBA 2K19’s cover, a peculiar choice considering all of the previous installments have the cover athletes representing their teams. With LeBron being a free agent this summer (and coming to the Miami Heat), maybe 2K doesn’t want a repeat of last year’s Kyrie Irving fiasco.

What’s in the box and what does it bring?

The NBA 2K19 20th Anniversary Edition includes 100,000 Virtual Currency, 50,000 MyTEAM points, 20 MyTEAM League Packs with one guaranteed Sapphire LeBron card, 10 MyTEAM Packs, LeBron-themed MyCOURT customization, and Nike LeBron apparel and shoes.

If you choose to purchase NBA 2K19 physically, you’ll receive everything above, plus a sticker sheet, a custom LeBron wristband with all of his chosen words, and a poster.

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NBA 2K19 hits the court on September 11 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Windows PC. Purchase the Anniversary Edition and start playing four days earlier on September 7. Players can get a head start on their MyCareer when NBA 2K19: The Prelude arrives on August 31 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.