Giannis set to grace cover of NBA 2K19
2K Sports has named Giannis Antetotkounmpo as the cover athlete for the upcoming edition of the popular basketball video game NBA 2K19…
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Giannis Antetokounmpo will grace the cover of NBA 2K19, American video game publisher, 2K Sports, revealed in an announcement in Athens on Monday.
Antetokounmpo will become the first international player to grace the cover of the video game’s standard edition, which has had yearly iterations since debuting in 1999.
“I am honored to be the first international player featured on the cover of NBA 2K19,” Antetokounmpo said in a statement. “I love playing NBA 2K so this means a lot to me. I have worked hard to earn recognition in the NBA and being on the cover of NBA 2K19 is a dream come true.”
The cover features key words and phrases that have become synonymous with Giannis’ journey in the NBA, including the 23-year-old’s now iconic nickname, the “Greek Freak.”
A Greek flag also graces the background of the cover, while the words “Hellas,” “Athens,” “Sepolia,” “Family,” and the name of Giannis’ four brothers also grace the cover.
Perhaps most importantly, the cover includes the words “Father’s Legacy” which Giannis has repeatedly says will continue to define him and motivate him to improve year-after-year.
In addition to the release of the cover, 2K Sports also released a first look at the upcoming edition of the game with a video narrated by Giannis’ mother, Veronica, titled “A Boy With A Name.”
“Giannis is the future of the NBA and his drive and athleticism have made him an undeniable force in the league,” said Alfie Brody, vice president of marketing for NBA 2K. “He’s the perfect cover athlete and we’re excited to feature him as our very first international cover star, as NBA 2K has a strong following with fans all over the world.”
In what will be the twentieth season of the video game franchise, 2K sports will also release a commemorative 20th Anniversary Edition of the game with Lebron James on the cover