Kevin Durant is having a really good week, despite his team’s loss to the Clippers in Game 1 of its second-round NBA playoff series. Not only did the Oklahoma City Thunder star win this year’s MVP award and give an endearing and heartwarming acceptance speech, but he also made the cover of the latest version of the league’s video game, NBA 2K15. The video game company made the announcement Tuesday.
The fact that Durant decided to combine the two feats in one Instagram isn’t surprising. Both carry their share of honor in the league. Plus, Durant has long been a fan of NBA video games, and according to Sports Illustrated, he “begged” to be put on the cover of NBA 2K15. While those pleas may have helped, it’s probably the fact that Durant is this year’s best player, according to 119 of the 125 MVP voters, that tipped the scales in his favor.
Of course, gaming aficionados will recall this isn’t the first time Durant has appeared on a basketball video game cover. Durant shared the cover of NBA 2K13 with the Chicago Bulls’ Derrick Rose and the Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin; he appeared on the box or “NCAA March Madness 08″; and was supposed to appear on the cover of the unreleased “NBA Elite 11.” In the words of 2K15’s motto, his time has come.
NBA 2K15 is scheduled to be released on PS3, PS4, XBox One and XBox 360 on Oct. 7.
Meanwhile, Durant is gearing up to take on the Clippers in Game 2 Wednesday night in Oklahoma City.
Bonus footage: Here’s Durant, aka “Sniper Jones,” playing “NBA 2K14.”