‘NBA 2K20’ honoring Kobe with challenges celebrating iconic career moments
Kobe Bryant played in his final NBA game on April 13, 2016, and “NBA 2K20” on Monday marked the four-year anniversary of that legendary 60-point performance with an announcement about how the video game has paid tribute to the late Los Angeles Lakers superstar.
The official Twitter account of “NBA2K20” has revealed that there are now eight unique challenges in the latest iteration of the popular video game series associated with iconic moments from Bryant’s Hall of Fame career.
A true legend We're honoring Kobe with brand new challenges that highlight eight iconic moments from his career. The 81-point game. The Lob to Shaq, and of course, the 60-point finale— NBA 2K20 (@NBA2K) April 13, 2020
Head over to #MyTEAM and redeem your Kobe card to begin reliving his greatness pic.twitter.com/andu99DzEG
“NBA 2K20” also tweeted out a tribute to Bryant featuring footage from the Black Mamba in different versions of game.
Now and forever a member of the 2K Family Today we pay tribute to the Mamba. We miss you, Kobe pic.twitter.com/BWyTkvjyS0— NBA 2K20 (@NBA2K) April 13, 2020
Along with the new set of challenges, “NBA 2K20” also revealed that gamers can download a free Pink Diamond Kobe card that commemorates his final game.
Kobe's legacy lives on in 2K Starting today, we're offering all users a free Pink Diamond Kobe card commemorating his final game. Enter the locker code in #MyTEAM now pic.twitter.com/2oimYZc01X— NBA 2K20 (@NBA2K) April 13, 2020
While Monday’s announcement was a most welcome distraction for NBA fans who also count themselves as gamers amid the ongoing league hiatus, the anniversary of Kobe’s final game served as a somber reminder to the Bryant family how the star, daughter Gianna and seven others perished in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif., on Jan. 26.
Bryant’s widow Vanessa marked the “Mamba Day” anniversary with a heartbreaking Instagram post in which she sadly noted, “Life truly isn’t fair.”