Although it’s been 24 years since he last suited up for the Chicago Bulls, Michael Jordan’s legacy has clearly endured the test of time, as he has once again been chosen to be the cover athlete for this year’s edition of the most popular basketball video game in the world. NBA 2K23 is set to drop this September, which may make it a perfect gift during the holidays for any hardcore Bulls fan.
Many speculated that LeBron James might share the cover with Jordan, seeing as how both players have famously worn the No. 23 jersey. Jordan and James are also the only two players to have been awarded the notorious ’99’ overall rating in recent editions of the game.
However, not only has Jordan received the spotlight all to himself, but there will even be two unique covers dedicated to His Airness. One of these will be entitled the “Michael Jordan Edition”, while the other is the “Championship Edition”.
Video game news outlet IGN confirmed that fans will be able to live out 15 iconic moments of the Greatest Of All Time’s career in the upcoming edition of NBA 2K. Players haven’t had access to this game mode in over a decade, so there’s sure to be plenty of excitement surrounding the game’s release.
Michael Jordan is back and better than ever in NBA 2K23, which will once again feature the beloved Jordan Challenges game mode.
Having made the second-most cover appearances in 2K history, this is now MJ’s fourth time representing the game as a front cover player. In fact, the only player to grace the cover of 2K more times than Jordan is Allen Iverson, who appeared in the first five editions of the popular basketball simulation game.
These are all the 2K games Jordan has been the featured athlete for thus far:
- NBA 2K11
- NBA 2K12 (alternate covers with Magic Johnson and Larry Bird)
- NBA 2K16 (special edition only)
- NBA 2K23 (special editions only)
Ironically, Jordan is both the first and latest Chicago Bulls player to ever be featured on the cover, with a span of 12 years between the two entries.
Derrick Rose and Pau Gasol join MJ as the only other two Bulls to be featured on the cover. Rose shared the cover with Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin back in NBA 2K13, while Pau Gasol was chosen to represent Spain’s edition of NBA 2K17.