'NBA 2K19' Cover And Release Date Leak: Is LeBron James Really Going To Be The Cover Athlete?

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BOSTON, MA – MAY 27: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on before Game Seven of the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on May 27, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

</div> </div> <p>On Monday, a store manager likely updated their merchandising props early and this image leaked featuring James, the <em>NBA 2K19</em> logo and art and an early release date of September 7. I reached out to 2K, but received no official confirmation, though it appears pretty clear in the image below.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">I’m just shocked that people still shop at <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Gamestop?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" data-ga-track="ExternalLink:https://twitter.com/hashtag/Gamestop?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" rel="nofollow">#Gamestop</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NBA2K19?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" data-ga-track="ExternalLink:https://twitter.com/hashtag/NBA2K19?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" rel="nofollow">#NBA2K19</a> <a href="https://t.co/SAd2b34c5H" target="_blank" data-ga-track="ExternalLink:https://t.co/SAd2b34c5H" rel="nofollow">pic.twitter.com/SAd2b34c5H</a></p> <p>— ShakeDown (@ShakeDown2012) <a href="https://twitter.com/ShakeDown2012/status/1003737786992791552?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" data-ga-track="ExternalLink:https://twitter.com/ShakeDown2012/status/1003737786992791552?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" rel="nofollow">June 4, 2018</a></p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><em>NBA 2K</em>’s Twitter account has also confirmed that at least the color choices and fonts match the merchandising.</p> <p>As the merchandising says, it is the &quot;20th Anniversary Edition.&quot; Is there a Standard Edition and if so, will James be on the cover of that as well? At this point, it’s all speculation, but if there is a standard edition, I’d be shocked if James is on the cover. 2K is more likely to target one of the league’s young, up-and-coming stars like Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons or Giannis Antetokounmpo, with the latter two being a strong possibility considering their similarities to James’ overall game.</p> <p>As usual, bookmark the <em>NBA 2K19</em> tracker to stay up to date on the latest information.</p>” readability=”34.3956760467″>

It appears my suspicions from last month about the NBA 2K19 cover athlete were founded.

BOSTON, MA – MAY 27: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on before Game Seven of the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on May 27, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

On Monday, a store manager likely updated their merchandising props early and this image leaked featuring James, the NBA 2K19 logo and art and an early release date of September 7. I reached out to 2K, but received no official confirmation, though it appears pretty clear in the image below.

NBA 2K‘s Twitter account has also confirmed that at least the color choices and fonts match the merchandising.

As the merchandising says, it is the “20th Anniversary Edition.” Is there a Standard Edition and if so, will James be on the cover of that as well? At this point, it’s all speculation, but if there is a standard edition, I’d be shocked if James is on the cover. 2K is more likely to target one of the league’s young, up-and-coming stars like Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons or Giannis Antetokounmpo, with the latter two being a strong possibility considering their similarities to James’ overall game.

As usual, bookmark the NBA 2K19 tracker to stay up to date on the latest information.

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