The 2K video game franchise recently made a big announcement that Kyrie Irving would be on the cover of NBA 2K18, wearing the Cleveland Cavaliers’ redesigned jersey.

Unfortunately, that was a short-lived honeymoon between video game, player, and franchise, as Irving was traded to the Boston Celtics on Tuesday.

Awkward. Folks on Twitter took notice of this quickly, and the official NBA2K account even sent out a “Whoops” tweet:

Fans of the video game pitched in with their own edits of the cover:

And as plenty of others have pointed out, there seems to be some sort of NBA 2K cover curse.

Speaking of sports video game cover curses, another video game with a notorious cover “curse” is the EA Sports Madden NFL franchise. In 2009, the Madden franchise had a similar cover issue to the current NBA 2K18 situation.

You may not be able to point out the problem here at first, but when EA Sports first announced that Brett Favre was going to be on the cover of Madden 2009, Favre had retired as a Green Bay Packer.

Unfortunately for EA Sports, they didn’t expect Favre to announce he was un-retiring to sign with the New York Jets. That led to this:

But not everyone had the cover with Favre in a Jets jersey. If you bought the game after EA started to make them with Favre in a Jets jersey, then you had the correct cover. However, EA didn’t have time to change the cover art before the game was released, and as a result, plenty of people bought Madden 2009 with Favre in a Packers jersey. Those with a Packers cover could then download a new Favre Jets cover through EA Sports, if they cared that much:

“Where’s the first place fans can see Brett Favre in his New York Jets uniform and playing with his new Jets teammates? Madden NFL 09, available now from EA SPORTS.”

“Download new Madden NFL 09 packaging today, print it out, and have fun playing the game.”

Will 2K have to do something similar? NBA 2K18 isn’t set to hit shelves until September 19th, but they don’t wait to box the game until then, so it’s probably close.

About David Lauterbach

David is a writer for The Comeback. He enjoyed two Men's Basketball Final Four trips for Syracuse before graduating in 2016. If The Office or Game of Thrones is on TV, David will be watching.