Kobe Bryant will once again grace the cover of NBA 2K. 

Bryant, who was killed in a January 2020 helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, will be on the video game’s cover for the fourth time. 

Gamers will have their choice of two covers for NBA 2K24 – the “Kobe Bryant Edition” and the “Black Mamba Edition – with fans able to pre-order their copies on Friday. 

“As we celebrate 25 years of NBA 2K with Kobe Bryant, we commemorate his legacy and the generational impact he has had on the game of basketball,” Greg Thomas, president at Visual Concepts, the game’s developer, said in a statement, via ESPN. 

“While we mark the history of the franchise, NBA 2K24 also looks ahead to the future to bring an innovative leap in technology and the introduction of community-requested features like crossplay.”

Bryant was on the cover of NBA2K in 2010, 2017 and 2021. 

Both covers for NBA2K are shown, with the
Both covers for NBA2K are shown, with the “Kobe Bryant Edition” on the left and the “Black Mamba Edition on the right.
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Previously being on the NBA 2K covers for 2010, 2017 and 2021 — Kobe Bryant will headline the cover for 2024 as NBA 2K celebrates 25 years.
Previously being on the NBA 2K covers for 2010, 2017 and 2021 — Kobe Bryant will headline the cover for 2024 as NBA 2K celebrates 25 years.
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Bryant was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2021 after winning five championships as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers. 

He played his entire 20-year career in Los Angeles, making the All-Star game 18 times and winning the NBA MVP during the 2017-18 season. 

Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, tragically died along with seven others when the helicopter they were traveling in crashed into the Calabasas hills. 

NBA 2K24 will have a legend on its cover for the second straight year, with NBA legend Michael Jordan gracing one of the 2K23 editions