Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi will be appearing on the cover of the NBA 2K23 WNBA Edition video game, which will be released on September 9th.
SEATTLE — Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi have been linked for more than two decades, playing together at UConn and then helping the US Olympic women’s basketball team win five gold medals.
Now it’s going to be the basketball greats appear on the cover of the video game NBA 2K23 WNBA Edition, which will be released on September 9th.
“Personally it’s really, really cool, and I also think that we’re women and this is the second time they’ve had women on the cover, it has meaning in other ways too,” Vogel said.
It is the second year in a row that the video game has featured a WNBA athlete on one of its covers; Candace Parker was there last year.
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“Response to last year’s inaugural WNBA Edition of NBA 2K was overwhelmingly positive and a testament to the W’s growing audience and awareness,” said Alfie Brody, vice president of global marketing strategy at 2K. “Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi have achieved greatness both individually and collectively, cementing their status as two of the greatest players in WNBA history.”
Bird and Taurasi said they played some video games when they were younger, but there were no female basketball players at the games.
“You know all these little girls play basketball, and they can actually start playing now, with hopefully two of their favorite players on the cover,” Taurasi said. “It just shows you how far gaming and women’s basketball have come.”
Bird believes that the presence on the cover and the presence of WNBA players in the video game will help normalize the presence of female athletes in the lives of boys and girls.
“It doesn’t really matter if it’s girls or boys, women or men, and that’s the beauty of it,” Bird said. “It’s just becoming a normal part of this ecosystem, which is pro sports, and gaming is a big part of that ecosystem. Being involved now is just going to push things further and just open more doors and open more minds.”
NBA 2K is also partnering with the WNBA Stars to donate $100,000 to Every Kid Sports and give young people the opportunity to participate in youth basketball programs across the country. The donation covers the registration fees of over 550 girls from low-income families.
“Girls are dropping out of sports at an alarming rate, and I think part of that is that they’re not always able to dream up a career that could be really easy for little boys,” Bird said. “Whether you Whether I can make it or not, that’s not really the point. But it’s really easy for little boys who turned on the TV to see what life could be like if I stuck to my sport.”
https://www.king5.com/article/sports/wnba/storm/sue-bird-diana-taurasi-cover-nba-2k23-wnba/281-e3c15ef1-0cf1-477a-af66-cb574470d1aa Sue Bird to be on cover of NBA 2K23 WNBA edition