It would not be an exaggeration to say The last weeks of Kyrie Irving were pretty good
] Help his Cleveland Cavaliers to beat the Boston Celtics in the 1960s Last week, including an incredible performance in Game 4, the 25-year-old Cavs leader can add another accolade to his list: cover star for the NBA 2K best-selling video game.
On the Eve of the Cavs Showdown with Warriors At the NBA Finals, Irving Thursday received the award for being named the cover of the NBA 2K18, the latest version of the popular Take-Two Interactive basketball video game.
"The opportunity that presents itself On the cover of 2K, some of the greatest athletes who have played our game have been on this cover, I'm just glad I just joined this lineage," says Irving. Recent versions of the game featured a "who's who" of NBA greats and alumni: Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Steph Curry and, of course, Irving's teammate , LeBron James.
Greedy player, Irving is no stranger to video game covers, making cover of rival EA Sports, NBA Live 14, in 2013, one of the few players to appear on both games. "Watch 2K evolve in this amazing and amazing game that has great gameplay … it was a no-brainer," to become the cover star.
Irving sheepishly admits that he apparently plays "every day," with very specific rules when playing with friends: six minutes, no fatigue, a choice of three randomly selected teams ( with an option for a fourth random team that you can not change if you're not happy with your first three choices) and a five-game series among these teams. His team "go-to"? Not his Cavs or the rival Warriors but the Chicago Bulls. "Jimmy Butler is an animal in this game."
"The Cavs and Warriors are almost … they are one and two," says Irving. "If it's not Cavs and Warriors, it's almost unfair in 2K."
As for his prediction for the real-life battle that is to take place between these two teams on Thursday night, Irving's choice is clear and not surprising. "Cavs," Irving said, laughing. "Just Cavs."
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