LeBron James was selected as the cover athlete of NBA 2K19, which will be the 20th Anniversary Edition of the popular gaming franchise. The announcement generated a lot of chatter, with most focusing on the words on the cover and how 2K Sports designed the cover of the next iteration of their basketball video game.
James is shown surrounded by phrases and words he personally picked to describe himself and his beliefs. Interestingly, the four-time NBA selected “G.O.A.T” for the cover, which is viewed as his take on the long-standing debate about who the greatest player of all time is.
James is continuously being compared to NBA legend Michael Jordan. Most fans are still convinced that Jordan is the best player of all time, while there are also a good number of people who believe James has already surpassed the former Chicago Bulls superstar.
And based on his decision to include the word GOAT on the cover, The Washington Post reported that James is trying to make a statement that he has already reached the “mountaintop” in the race to surpass Jordan.
Meanwhile, 2K Sports curiously opted not to show James in a Cleveland Cavaliers jersey on the cover. It fueled speculation that game developer is just playing it safe, knowing that the 15-year veteran could leave Cleveland again after the 2017-18 NBA season.
Last year, 2K Sports named Kyrie Irving as the cover athlete when the superstar point guard was still in Cleveland. They were eventually forced to release a new edition of the cover after Irving requested a trade from the Cavaliers. He was dealt to the Boston Celtics before the game was released.
It appears 2K Sports is trying to avoid the same mistake this year. James could opt out of his contract and become a free agent this summer. There is a growing speculation that the 14-time All-Star will move to a new team this summer, especially if the Cavaliers fail to mount a comeback in the 2018 NBA Finals.
The Cavaliers are currently down 3-0 to the Golden State Warriors in their fourth consecutive finals meeting. Most basketball analysts predicted a victory for Golden State in five or six games. If James decides to leave, the 33-year-old superstar is expected to be linked to the Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets, and Philadelphia 76ers.