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EA Sports is giving its embattled NBA franchise another go, and has announced that Cleveland Cavaliers star point guard Kyrie Irving will be its cover athlete.[Exerpt]“We couldn’t imagine a better cover athlete for our game than the dynamic, explosive Kyrie Irving,” said Daryl Holt, VP and GM of basketball for EA Sports. “Kyrie is one of the best ball handlers in the league, and with our next-generation technology we can arm players with the ability to replicate his impressive on-court feats, as well as the amazing signature styles and abilities of other pros in NBA Live 14.”The "hopefully" in this story headline, of course, refers to EA's recent difficulties releasing its basketball titles. With both NBA Elite 11 and NBA Live 13 cancelled, the company hasn't successfully launched a hoops game since October of 2009 when NBA Live 10 came out.Our Take:Kyrie Irving is a great choice for the cover of NBA Live 14. While he doesn't have the worldwide recognition of rival NBA 2K14's Lebron James, basketball fans do know him as one of the sports rising young talents. And let's face it: there's no topping Lebron. The choice of Kyrie is also perhaps symbolic. Just as the Cavaliers are trying to rebuild from the aftermath of Lebron's high profile departure, NBA Live is trying to restore this once great franchise after a few years in the development wilderness. No matter who's on the cover, just shipping a basketball game of any kind this year will be a win for EA.
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Kyrie Irving is a great choice for the cover if this actually releases.
Good luck, NBA Live 14.
This game is facing one hell of an uphill battle. Don't see why anyone would want to switch over from 2K.
I love Kyrie Irving but will this game even hold a stick to Nba 2k14?
AND, with that I am buying NBA Live first thing tomorrow. Kyrie Irving and the Cavs have the potential to (once again) be the future of the NBA. Can't wait to play (and watch) some NBA!
Irving is definitely talented, but I'm willing bet that over half of the general population doesn't even know who he is.
Kyrie is a good choice for the cover.
wow that was so fast
and i feel like this is good rival to have on a case to go aaginst 2k lebron case because kyrie is one of the nbas most popular players because of the uncle drew skit
I like the choice for Kyrie, I really hope EA can launch the game this year.
I always like nba live over 2k
Yeah! Kyrie Irving is the cover of NBA Live 14. Sigh! I hope the game is at least good. EA has had bad basketball games since 2003 and from what I saw at E3 it looks like that trend may end.
Is it just me or is that a horrible picture? He looks high in my opinion.
2K was always the better game in my opinion. Nothing like a little competition to bring out the best in both companies, though.