Year after year, NBA 2K is one of the best-selling and most popular sports games in the world.

Gamers love it, fans love it, and players love it, too. Maybe the players love it a little too much. Have you seen their reactions to their ratings?

The franchise does well because the company is constantly trying to improve the edition released a year earlier, not compete with other sports games.

It’s a recipe that has proven successful.

The latest installment, NBA 2K18 will be released on Sept. 19 and over the past few weeks details about the game have been slowly surfacing all over the Internet.

Here’s what we know so far…

The Cover Athletes

2K Sports went in a different direction with 2K18 and actually has three covers, but they aren’t just random All-Stars gracing the latest edition.

The U.S. release will feature Kyrie Irving on the cover. The question has been asked, “What happens if he’s traded?” Then he’s traded. Someone actually noticed an NBA 2K curse of sorts relating to this:

If Irving is traded, he would be the fourth player in five editions to have left since landing the coveted honor. Here’s a quick refresher:

NBA 2K14 (released in 2013): LeBron James leaves the Heat to return to Cleveland in 2014.

NBA 2K15 (released in 2014): Kevin Durant leaves the Thunder and goes to the Dubs in 2016.

NBA 2K17 (released in 2016): Paul George leaves Indiana and goes to OKC in 2017.

NBA 2K18 (released in Sept. 2017):  Irving reportedly wants to be traded by the Cavs.

If you were wondering, NBA 2K16 had three athletes on three different covers: James Harden (Rockets), Anthony Davis (Pelicans), and Stephen Curry (Warriors) and none of them are going anywhere anytime soon.

The same can be said for DeMar DeRozan, who is on the cover of the Canadian release of NBA 2K18.

And Shaquille O’Neal, who is obviously already retired and enshrined in the Hall of Fame. Shaq is featured on the Legends Edition.

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