NBA2K21 reveals Damian Lillard as cover athlete using his song ‘Sorry’

Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard will grace the cover of NBA2K21 when it’s released later this year, the video game giant announced Tuesday.

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The initial reveal was made on TikTok with Lillard’s song “Sorry” playing in the background. It shows him walking in his sneakers to a mirror and ultimately showing him in his Trail Blazers uniform.

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2K Sports announced last week there will be three cover athletes for the new iteration of the game and they’ll be announced throughout the week on the NBA2K’s new TikTok page. The next two announcements will follow on Wednesday and Thursday.

The game is expected to be released later this year for consoles with improved load times and even more realistic features. The 2020 cover athlete was Los Angeles Lakers star Anthony Davis. Giannis Antetokounmpo was on the 20th anniversary cover of the game in 2019.

Lillard, 29, averaged career-highs of 28.9 points and 7.8 assists per game before the NBA season was suspended in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The season is set to resume July 30 at Disney World and players are currently reporting to their home markets.

In late May, before the NBA and its players association came to an agreement on the season, Lillard told Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes he would consider sitting out if they were meaningless games and “we don’t have a true opportunity to get into the playoffs.”

Portland is currently ninth in the Western Conference, 3.5 games behind the eighth-place Memphis Grizzlies for the final playoff seed. The team could force a play-in series under the NBA’s Disney World game rules.

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Damian Lillard #0 of the Portland Trail Blazers points down the court against the Golden State Warriors in the first quarter during their game at Moda Center on January 20, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)  (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
Damian Lillard will be on the cover of the new NBA 2K game. (Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

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