Scoop B: Post Isaiah Thomas Trade, NBA 2K18 Switches Kyrie Irving’s Uniform From Cavaliers to Celtics

NBA 2K 18 has amened cover of game with Kyrie Irving now donning a Boston Celtics uniform. Photo Credit: 2K Sports


So the Cleveland Cavaliers struck a deal with the Boston Celtics that shipped Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics in exchange for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, the Brooklyn Nets’ 2018 first round pick and and the Miami Heat’s 2020 second-round pick.

RESPECT Magazine’s Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson joined ESPN’s Ben Troupe and B.J. Bennett “3 and Out” to break down the trade.



While that was great in the NBA world, there was one significant problem: NBA 2K18 had been promoting Kyrie Irving as the game’s cover athlete and he was donning Cavs garb.


The trade made official last night AND Irving’s new 2K18 cover got a facelift too!


For years, folks talked about a ‘Madden curse.’ Now it seems that a NBA 2K curse is ‘a thing’ for cover athletes too!

Why, you ask? It all started in NBA 2K14 when Irving’s former teammate LeBron James leaves the Miami Heat to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2014. The following year Kevin Durant graces NBA 2K15 and goes to the Golden State Warriors in 2016. Paul George lands on NBA 2K17’s cover and heads over to the Oklahoma City Thunder this summer. And then enter Irving gracing NBA 2K18!

For those keeping score at home, the Cavs and the Celtics open up the NBA season playing each other on opening night. Last year, the Celtics won 53 games and Cavs won 51 total. For those looking at this years win totals, here are some of the best options for betting on them, Bovada is at the top of this and they just updated their odds schedule for this upcoming season. Sports Illustrated have the Celtics projected to win 56.5 and the Cavs at 53.5.Nothing compares to the Warriors who are projected to win 67.5.



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About Brandon Robinson

Brandon 'Scoop B' Robinson is a managing editor and columnist at RESPECT Magazine. Follow him on Twitter: @ScoopB and Instagram: @Scoop_B. As a 12 year old, he was a Nets reporter from 1997-1999, co-hosting a show called Nets Slammin' Planet with former New Jersey Net Albert King and Nets play-by-play man Chris Carrino. He's also been a writer and radio host at CBS and a staff writer at The Source Magazine. He's a graduate of both Eastern University and Hofstra University. You can catch him daily on the Scoop B Radio Podcast. Visit to listen. For inquiries and to contact Brandon 'Scoop B' Robinson visit