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!
Looks like 2k18’s cover problem wasn’t a problem 👀 pic.twitter.com/mDSALJ8jSn
— Kofeem Abdul-Jabbar (@KofieYeboah) August 31, 2017
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!