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NBA 2K22 Luka Dončić Candace Parker Named 39; Cover Stars

NBA 2K22 Luka Dončić Candace Parker Named 39; Cover Stars

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NBA 2K22 Luka Dončić Candace Parker Named 39; Cover Stars

Sky's Candace Parker Makes History With NBA 2K22 Cover Honor Wed, 14 Jul 2021 10:00:00 -0700-Having already cemented his status as one of basketball's budding stars, Mavericks guard Luka Dončić will be the cover athlete of NBA 2K22.

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Luka Dončić, Candace Parker Named NBA 2K22 Cover Stars

July 14, 2021

Having already cemented his status as one of basketball's budding stars, Mavericks guard Luka Dončić will be the cover athlete of the standard edition NBA 2K22. 

Chicago Sky star forward Candace Parker will also make history as she serves as the cover athlete of the WNBA 25th Anniversary Edition of the game.

“Making the global cover of NBA 2K22 is special for me,” Dončić said in an official release. “I’m proud to represent my country in a special cover that honors the colors of the Slovenian flag. Basketball has given me so much, and I’m excited to give back and work together with 2K Foundations this year to help the lives of young kids around the globe.” 

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The WNBA 25th Anniversary Edition of the game, with Parker on the cover, can be purchased in the United States and Canada. 

Parker's appearance on the cover marks the first time a female athlete has been featured on the game's cover in the history of the franchise.

“The cover of NBA 2K is such a pivotal platform to inspire young ballers, and I wanted future WNBA stars to know that they can be cover athletes too,” Parker said in a statement. “Representation matters, so this is a special moment of progress for the sport and the series. To be part of this historic cover is a testament to the growth and rising popularity of the women’s game, and I’m proud to be the first female cover athlete to be the face of NBA 2K.” 

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2K announced Wednesday that Dončić will front the game's Standard Edition and Cross-Gen Digital Bundle while Parker will front the game's WNBA 25th Anniversary Edition. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Dirk Nowitzki and Kevin Durant will be showcased as the cover athletes of the game's NBA 75th Anniversary Edition.

All editions of the game are set to be released on September 10.

Despite having played in just three NBA seasons, Dončić has already made two All-Star appearances. While Dallas has lost in the first round in each of the past two seasons, Dončić averaged 35.7 points, 10.3 assists and 7.9 rebounds per game in seven playoff games this spring.

The Mavericks star is currently preparing for the Tokyo Olympics, where Dončić's Slovenia team is looking to medal in men's basketball in its Olympics debut.

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Luka Dončić, Candace Parker Named 'NBA 2K22' Cover Stars Wed, 14 Jul 2021 10:00:00 -0700-Candace Parker, Naperville Central High School product and Sky All-Star forward, will be the first female cover athlete in the history of the NBA 2K video game…

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Chicago Sky’s Candace Parker Makes History With NBA 2K22 Cover Honor

May 01, 2021

Sky's Candace Parker makes history with NBA 2K22 cover honor originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

For someone who once said she hoped to change the way the game is played, Candace Parker is doing a good job.

On Wednesday, the popular gaming series NBA 2K announced that the Naperville Central High School product and current Chicago Sky All-Star forward will become the first female athlete to grace its cover for NBA 2K22.

Parker will appear on the cover of the WNBA 25th anniversary special edition when it's released on Sept. 10.

“Extremely proud and humbled to be the first female cover athlete in the history of [NBA 2K],” Parker wrote in a tweet. “I’m honored to work with a company that’s investing in women and betting on us to succeed. I’m hopeful there will be many more badass females to follow.”

— Candace Parker (@Candace_Parker) July 14, 2021

Parker, who will be calling games for NBC as part of its Tokyo Olympics coverage while the WNBA goes on pause, will join Luka Dončić and Kevin Durant, Dirk Nowitzki and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the 2022 cover athletes. Dončić will appear on the game's regular edition, while the latter three All-Stars will appear on the NBA 75th anniversary edition.

Parker, who also has added TNT studio duties to her busy schedule, is one of the most decorated players in women's basketball history. A two-time WNBA most valuable player and one-time Finals MVP from her days playing for the Los Angeles Sparks, Parker, 35, also won two national titles while at Tennessee.

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Sky's Candace Parker makes history with NBA 2K22 cover honor originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

For someone who once said she hoped to change the way the game is played, Candace Parker is doing a good job.

On Wednesday, the popular gaming series NBA 2K announced that the Naperville Central High School product and current Chicago Sky All-Star forward will become the first female athlete to grace its cover for NBA 2K22.

Parker will appear on the cover of the WNBA 25th anniversary special edition when it's released on Sept. 10.

“Extremely proud and humbled to be the first female cover athlete in the history of [NBA 2K],” Parker wrote in a tweet. “I’m honored to work with a company that’s investing in women and betting on us to succeed. I’m hopeful there will be many more badass females to follow.”


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