LeBron James Crowned NBA 2K14 Cover Athlete as Miami Heat Blow Game 1 of NBA Finals

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Poor LeBron. What was shaping up to be a grand night for the NBA MVP and reigning Finals champion turned sour in a hurry as the San Antonio Spurs galloped into the American Airlines Arena to steal Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

On the way to posting a triple-double, King James was announced as the cover athlete for NBA 2K14, the first video game cover of his illustrious career. Sadly he probably isn’t enjoying the honor too much right about now as he and his Heat teammates fizzled out in the fourth quarter of a closely contested game that they appeared to be in command of after a somewhat sluggish start. Hopefully for Heat fans he doesn’t go on to lose the Finals outright like he did two seasons ago. That might get fans believing in a new sports video game cover curse.

“My friends, family, and fans all know how much I love NBA 2K. I remember, as a kid, getting so excited for the game to come out and see who was on the cover and it’s amazing to be a part of this great tradition,” said James, who is currently defending the Miami Heat’s world championship in the NBA Finals. “I love partnerships and opportunities that connect me directly with fans. I know from my own experience and now watching my own kids, NBA 2K is among the coolest and purest ways for fans to connect to the NBA. I love being a part of it.”

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NBA 2K14 tips off on October 1st for PS3 and Xbox 360. Versions are also planned for PC, PS4 and Xbox One. Pre-order now from participating retailers (GameStop, Best Buy, Amazon, Target, Walmart, or the 2K Store) to lock up a King James Bonus Pack containing an unlock for LeBron James in Blacktop Mode, LeBron James’ Signature Skill, extra content for Path to Greatness mode and a fat wallet of 10,000 in-game currency.

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