Damian Lillard is ballin' in both the real and video game world. ☝️
If you're going to be playing NBA 2K21 on a PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Windows PC and/or a Google Stadia system, you'll see Portland Trail Blazers star guard Lillard on the cover every time you lace 'em up.
"Everything is Dame," NBA 2K proclaimed in an announcement tweet.
While Dame will grace the cover for current-generation platforms, there will be three different cover athletes all told, with the reveal for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X edition coming on Wednesday, as well as additional details and a pre-order link on Thursday.
In an interview with Shams Charania, Lillard compared earning a 2K cover to getting your own signature shoe. "It's one of those things that's like a signature shoe – everybody just don't get it," he said. "To be able to join the line of players that's been on the cover of 2K, it's an honor."
Lillard, who's "an avid 2K player," according to the press release, is the first Blazers player to ever earn a 2K cover. In partnership with 2K Foundations, he's also working to renovate a debilitated community center and basketball court back in his hometown of Oakland.
Before the NBA season was put on hold, Lillard was putting up a career-high 28.9 points per game and 7.8 assists, which places him 5th and 6th among league leaders in those categories.
However, when the season resumes in Orlando in late July, the Blazers will need to claw their way back into playoff contention – they're currently three and a half games behind the eighth-place Memphis Grizzlies.
When 2K21 was first teased as part of the PS5 reveal in mid-June, some fans were chattering about Zion Williamson as the potential favorite for the cover. He was the main star of the announcement trailer.