LeBron James Is NBA 2K19's Cover Star

NBA 2K19 has a long way to go to make good on 2K18's many missteps. One area it looks to have already improved on, though, is the game's cover.

For the second year running, a Cleveland Cavalier will be on the front of the biggest basketball game on the planet. But this time, you can't actually see that LeBron is wearing a Cavs jersey.

With James' impending free agency set to be the biggest talking point of the off-season, and with the very real chance that he'll sign for a team that isn't Cleveland, 2K got ahead of this potential scenario by only showing his face, not his jersey.

That's a lesson learned from last year, when then-Cavs superstar Kyrie Irving was traded to the Celtics, rendering the game's cover outdated before it even hit shelves.

That trailer obviously features no gameplay, so there isn't much else to report, but this small blurb from the game's various store pages isn't promising:

NBA 2K celebrates 20 years of redefining what sports gaming can be, from best in class graphics & gameplay to groundbreaking game modes and an immersive open-world "Neighbourhood." NBA 2K19 continues to push limits as it brings gaming one step closer to real-life basketball excitement and culture.

The "open-world neighbourhood" was an absolute disaster last year, and it will suck if it's back again this year.

This is just the second time James has appeared on the cover of the game, the first being for NBA 2K14.

NBA 2K19 will be out in September.


    I normally buy nba2k day one, but I will be waiting for reviews before jumping in this time. The VC bullshit last time was just too much for me.

    Apart from being able to pay to win, I actually want to be able to modify my player’s looks without having to drop real money (or have ridiculous grind).

      that and if they fixed the shooting mechanics from 2K18....going in for a layup or have a wide open shot you have feel a slight rumble (most of the time you can't feel it) from the controller when to let go or even...some people don't play with vibration on

      Also there are so many good games coming out around the same time as NBA 2K19....hard to put your money down for pre-orders or buying day one

    The last one i played was the one with the Jordan challenges. Twas sublime. Hopefully they can get back to that level of greatness.

    That would have cost them bigly.

    Expect more aggressive microtransactions

    (But is it even possible? Let's wait and see!)

    2k18 was mechanically awesome but god damn the microtransactions murdered it for me. I really hope 19 eases up a bit, but I doubt it :(

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