To honour the legacy of the legendary NBA player Kobe Bryant, he will be the cover athlete for NBA 2K21’s ‘Mamba Forever Edition’.

Kobe Bryant, iconic basketball players who played for National Basketball Association (NBA) for 20 long years. Fondly called ‘The Mamba’, Kobe played for the Los Angeles Lakers and won five NBA championships. He retired as the third-leading scorer in 2016 after becoming the Most Valuable Player in 2008 and an eighteen-time NBA All-Star.

This year on January 26, Kobe and his teenage daughter, Gianna, and seven others lost their lives in a tragic helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. The world has been mourning the death of these two ever since by keeping them alive in the memories and prayers.

2K Games announced that the late Kobe Bryant will be the cover athlete for NBA 2K21’s Mamba Forever Edition. The video game will appear on current-generation platforms on September 4, hitting the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X later in the year according to IGN.

In a statement to IGN, Alfie Brody, vice president of global marketing at NBA 2K, said “Each of the new cover stars represents different eras of the game of basketball. Damian Lillard dominates the court today, Zion Williamson is a standard-bearer for the next generation of NBA superstar and what more could be said about Kobe?”.

Take a look at the cover:

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