Michael Jordan is your NBA 2K23 cover athlete (again)

Posted on July 6, 2022

2K has announced that Michael Jordan will appear on both covers of the NBA 2K23 Michael Jordan Edition and the “ultra-premium” NBA 2K23 Championship Edition.

For those who (somehow) don’t know about arguably the greatest basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan was massive in the 90s, a key star of the Chicago Bulls, and is a 14-time NBA All-Star, five-time Kia NBA Most Valuable Player, six-time NBA World Champion and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer. He was also my absolute favourite player when I was a kid, for the very little that’s worth. And don’t even get me started on the OG Space Jam.

The theme for NBA 2K23 is “Answer the Call”, which seems very on-brand for the legend. Check out the new covers below:

NBA 2K23 Michael Jordan

“After making 23 the most recognizable number in sports, it was only fitting that for NBA 2K23 we introduce the Michael Jordan Edition” said Alfie Brody, Vice President of Global Marketing Strategy for NBA 2K. “Additionally, we’re thrilled to introduce a brand new premium edition of the game with the NBA 2K23 Championship Edition, as no other player embodies the word ‘champion’ like Jordan. This limited-edition version will also offer players the opportunity to catch on-court action throughout the season with a 12-month subscription to NBA League Pass included. We look forward to celebrating this game with the community when it’s released on September 9.”

NBA 2K23 will also reintroduce The Jordan Challenge, which encourages players to recreate 15 iconic moments from Jordan’s illustrious career. All ten of the original Challenges from NBA 2K11 have been completely rebuilt from the ground up and will make their return this year – alongside five new iconic Jordan moments. These Challenges take advantage of the obvious upgrade in hardware over the last decade, providing a new way to play through Jordan’s accomplishments.

It goes without saying that Michael Jordan is one of the most decorated athletes in the NBA and NBA 2K history, and the NBA 2K23 Michael Jordan Edition and NBA 2K23 Championship Edition collectively mark his fourth time headlining an NBA 2K cover. He was previously on the cover for NBA 2K11, NBA 2K12, and the NBA 2K16 Special Edition.

More cover athlete reveals, along with the release date and pricing, are expected when pre-orders go live on July 7.