NBA has released the highly-anticipated covers for NBA 2K21. This year, one new NBA sensation, one NBA superstar and one NBA legend grace the covers.

There will be four separate covers, with two covers dedicated to the late Los Angeles Lakers player Kobe Bryant. The covers are hand-painted portraits and will appear on the ‘Mamba Forever’ Edition of the game.  One cover showcases Bryant with his no. 8 jersey going in for a dunk, while the second cover features Bryant in his no. 24 Lakers jersey.

Bryant was also the cover athlete for NBA 2K10 and the Legend edition for NBA 2K17.


The special ‘Mamba Forever’ Edition will replace the previous Legend Edition for current and next-generation consoles and will include 100,000 in VC (the NBA 2K’s in-game currency), 10 MyTeam tokens, 40 MyTeam packs (10 at launch, with 10 additional packs available each week for the next three weeks) and more.

NBA 2K also released a time-lapse video of how the hand-painted covers were created.


Apart from Kobe Bryant covers, NBA 2K also unveiled two separate covers for the Standard Edition with athletes Damian Lillard and Zion Williamson.


NBA 2K21 is available for preorder right now and is set to release on September 4.