Kobe Bryant to Be on the Cover of NBA2K21

Kobe Bryant
Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant will be on the 2K21 cover | Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images

Kobe Bryant's untimely passing still stings even the staunchest Laker hater to this day, as tributes honoring the Hall of Famer continue to pour in on almost a daily basis. The latest way for mourning Laker fans to remember their fallen idol comes in the form of an NBA 2K special edition.

Bryant has been selected as the cover athlete for this year's special "Mamba Forever" edition on both current and next-gen consoles.

This marks the third time Bryant will be on the cover of a 2K game, as he was the 2K10 cover athlete before he adorned the 2K17 "Legend Edition"

Kobe is one of three NBA players that will grace the cover of 2K21, as Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard will grace the cover of current generation consoles, while the face of the next gen edition will be New Orleans Pelicans superstar rookie Zion Williamson.

Fans are already dreaming up unique Kobe-themed content for 2K21, including a "challenge mode" similar to the Michael Jordan challenge mode in 2K11.

Kobe's death still hurts to this day, but 2K putting him on the cover is a pretty solid way to make sure his legacy will endure for years to come.