Lillard is the first Trail Blazers player to appear on the cover of a ‘2K’ game
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On Tuesday, it was announced that Portland Trail Blazers star guard Damian Lillard will be featured of the cover of the “NBA 2K21″ video game. The video game franchise made the announcement on Twitter. Lillard will be the cover athlete for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Windows P and Google Stadia versions of the game.
The video game franchise will announce the cover athlete for the unreleased new consoles, the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, on Wednesday.
“This is a special moment for me in my NBA career,” Lillard said in an interview of Stadium’s Shams Charania. “I’ve been a fan of NBA 2K for years and love how they represent all aspects of basketball culture. I’m an avid 2K player, so I’m honored to join the other NBA greats who have been on the cover. I’m grateful to all my fans and can’t wait for everyone to experience the game later this year.”
“There are a lot of great players in the NBA today, but Damian Lillard has done a particularly standout job of representing the current generation of NBA superstar,” 2K vice president of marketing Alfie Brody said in a statement. “From his cultural influence, musical success, off-the-court leadership and on court domination, he’s the perfect fit for our cover of NBA 2K21 on current-generation platforms; we’re honored to have him.”
Lillard was having a sensational season when the league was forced to shut down in March as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. In 58 games, Lillard put together averages of 28.9 points, 7.8 assists, and 4.3 rebounds while shooting 39.4 percent from three. Since being the No. 6 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, the Portland guard has been a five-time All-Star, an All-NBA First Team member (2018), and the Rookie of the Year.