For NBA 2K21, the Legend Edition has been replaced by the Mamba Forever Edition, celebrating Kobe Bryant’s lifelong pursuit of victory and legacy in the sport of basketball.
In the above image, the current gen Mamba Forever Edition cover is on the left, next gen on the right.
For many fans, Kobe’s achievements on the court and love for the game, had tremendous impact around the world and his list of awards and accolades are obviously impressive:
- Five-time NBA champion
- 18-time NBA All-Star
- Two-time NBA Finals Most Valuable Player
- 2008 NBA MVP
- 11-time All-NBA First Team
- 9-time NBA All-Defensive First Team
- Two-time NBA Scoring Champion
- 2008 and 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist
- All-time leading scorer for the Los Angeles Lakers…
Kobe was the cover athlete for NBA 2K10, the Legend Edition of NBA 2K17 and is immortalized in the NBA 2K21 Mamba Forever Edition, with unique custom covers for both current generation and next-generation versions of the game, that honor the span of his career, from his days wearing No. 8 and scoring 81 points to scoring 60 points wearing No. 24 the night of his final NBA game.
While the next-generation version of NBA 2K21 is being built from the ground up for next-generation consoles, 2K is also introducing several initiatives to bridge the two versions of the game.