Kyrie Irving Trade To Celtics Means The Upcoming ‘NBA 2K18’ Cover Is Ruined

So the soap opera known as the ‘NBA Turns’ really did turn a monumental, blockbuster, no-one-saw-that-coming, jaw-dropping, helluva move late Tuesday when the Cleveland Cavaliers traded Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics for Isiah Thomas, Jae Crowder and some draft picks.

The trade has rippling affects across the league and everyone is losing their minds, especially when considering who the Cavs play on opening night.


— Los (@LosPollosTV) August 22, 2017

Everyone watching these Cavs-Celtics trade talks go down like…

— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) August 22, 2017

Kyrie breaks it off with LeBron

— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) August 23, 2017

When you’re just trying to live your life and this Kyrie news comes out of nowhere

— The Walking Dead (@TheWalkingDead) August 23, 2017

Shams: “Boston nearing trade to acquire Kyrie Irving for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder and Picks”


— Weasel Butterfield (@NubyXL) August 22, 2017

But guess who is really scratching their heads? The creators and management team at NBA 2K, who chose Kyrie to be their cover athlete for their upcoming game set for release on September 19.

In fact, it was just two weeks ago that NBA 2K unveiled Kyrie in his new Cavs uniform for the upcoming game.

Introducing this year’s #NBA2K18 cover athlete @KyrieIrving in his new @cavs uniform! #2KFirstLook

— NBA 2K 2K18 (@NBA2K) August 7, 2017

Here’s what NBA 2K had to say immediately following the trade.


— NBA 2K 2K18 (@NBA2K) August 22, 2017

Life comes at you fast #NBA2K18

— Ronnie 2K 2K18 (@Ronnie2K) August 22, 2017

Here’s one easy fix, right?

This feels real now.

— SB Nation NBA (@SBNationNBA) August 22, 2017

Nah, but for real. This is what it will actually look like based off an NBA 2k17 snapshot.

Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics, Isaiah Thomas to the Cleveland Cavaliers in NBA 2K17

— Steve Noah (@Steve_OS) August 22, 2017

Josh Helmuth is the editor of Crave Sports.