Dec 17, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard (front right) is swarmed by his teammates after making a game-winning, three-point basket against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Damian Lillard announced as NBA Live 2015 cover athlete

The NBA Live video game series has been going strong since 1995. Damian Lillard announced via Instagram today that he is the official cover athlete of the next installment, NBA Live 15. A fan of the series, this is a tremendous honor for Lillard, whose video announcement was accompanied by the written text:

“So thankful for being named the @EASportsInsider #NBALIVE15 cover athlete. I’ve been playing the game since the 16-bit days, so you know this is a dream come true! Hard work has led to so many great things for me and I’m not even close to satisfied. #CoverAthlete #1stBlazerOnTheCover #ItsInTheGame #RipCity #LillardTime”

 

Lillard is the first Trail Blazer to ever grace the cover of the series in America (Arvydas Sabonis was the Lithuanian cover in 2001). Other American cover athletes include:

 

May 8, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (front) drives to the basket past San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker (behind) in game two of the second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

1996: Shaquille O’Neal
1997: Mitch Richmond
1998: Tim Hardaway
1999: Antoine Walker
2000: Tim Duncan
2001: Kevin Garnett
2002: Steve Francis
2003: Jason Kidd
2004: Vince Carter
2005: Carmelo Anthony
2006: Dwyane Wade
2007: Tracy McGrady
2008: Gilbert Arenas
2009: Tony Parker
2010: Dwight Howard
2014: Kyrie Irving

 

EA Sports released a behind the scenes snippet of Lillard’s motion capture following the announcement this morning.

 

 

This is actually phenomenal exposure for Lillard. NBA fans are often shaped in their early teens, and those teenagers are about to receive a game with Lillard’s face on the cover—which is not to say that people of all ages cannot enjoy the game. NBA fans, young and old, can appreciate the next installment of NBA Live, prominently featuring Portland’s young star.

 

 

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