The 'NBA 2K' video game will honour Kobe Bryant with 2 covers for a 'Mamba Forever Edition'

NBA2K/TwitterHand-painted portraits of Kobe Bryant — one from his years in the No. 8 jersey and another from when he wore No. 24 — will serve as ‘NBA 2K21’ covers.
  • “NBA 2K” will honour the Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant with a “Mamba Forever Edition” of its “2K21” release.
  • Two hand-painted portraits of Bryant – one from his years in the No. 8 jersey and another from when he wore No. 24 – will serve as covers of the video game series’ latest version.
  • The newly minted Hall of Famer died in a helicopter crash alongside his daughter Gianna and seven others in January.
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Each year, “NBA 2K” – the popular basketball video game franchise that has been released annually since 1999 – features the NBA’s best and brightest on its cover.

This year is no exception.

On Thursday, the series announced plans to honour the Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant with a “Mamba Forever Edition” of its “2K21” release.

Two hand-crafted portraits of Bryant – one from his years in the No. 8 jersey and another from when he wore No. 24 later in his career – will serve as covers of the video game series’ latest version.

Through its “NBA 2K” Twitter account, the Visual Concepts Entertainment franchise released a video of the artist painting the covers.

The NBA icon died at 41 years old in a January helicopter crash alongside his daughter Gianna and seven others. At the time, the entire sports world paused to mourn Bryant. The five-time NBA champion and 18-time All-Star was posthumously inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in April.

Christian Petersen/GettyBryant.

Bryant is one of multiple cover athletes for the latest “NBA 2K” release. The brand had already announced that the Portland Trail Blazers sharpshooter Damian Lillard and the New Orleans Pelicans up-and-coming superstar Zion Williamson would grace the respective covers of the game for current-generation and next-gen video game consoles.

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