The newest “NBA 2K” installment is coming in a few weeks, but there’s a small problem. The video game’s creators summed it up in one word.
The cover star for “NBA 2K18” is Kyrie Irving, who is decked out in his Cleveland Cavaliers uniform.
There’s an issue with that: the All-Star point guard was traded to the Boston Celtics on Tuesday for another All-Star guard in Isaiah Thomas, as well as Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and a first-round pick from the Brooklyn Nets.
The game is set for release on multiple platforms Sept. 15, and numerous copies of the cover with Irving in Cavs gear have already been created.
Jason Argent, senior vice president for basketball operations for the “2K” series, said “a version of 2K18 featuring Kyrie in a Boston Celtics uniform” would be available in the future, according to Polygon, a site dedicated to video game news.
This isn’t the first time a cover star was traded before the game was released.
Brett Favre was featured on “Madden NFL 09” after the quarterback retired in March 2008. As a tribute to his success, Electronic Arts Sports put Favre on the game’s cover, complete with his Green Bay Packers uniform. However, he was later reinstated and traded to the New York Jets. EA Sports later offered a printable replacement cover with Favre in Jets gear.
The Bee’s Daniel Wilson contributed to this report.