NBA 2K24 features Kobe Bryant as its cover athlete

“Mamba Mentality” will return to 2K, as NBA Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant will be the cover athlete for NBA 2K24.

2K released two covers featuring Bryant, with a Kobe Bryant Edition featuring the five-time NBA champion as he donned the No. 1 jersey. 8, and the Black Mamba Edition, which featured Bryant later in his career. Pre-orders for the game will be available starting Friday, with the game's release date to be announced at a later date.

“Sharing the Mamba Mentality with the next generation” 2K said in a tweet.

This will be the fourth time that Bryant has been the cover athlete for the video game franchise, having first appeared in NBA 2K10. He was a special edition cover athlete in NBA 2K17. Following his death in 2020, 2K released a Mamba Forever Edition for NBA 2K21 to honor the late Lakers star.

A 20-year NBA veteran, Bryant won five championships with the Los Angeles Lakers and was a two-time Finals MVP. He won the 2007–08 MVP award, and scored 33,643 career points, the fourth most in NBA history.

Bryant is a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class of 2020.