Gilbert Arenas nets NBA Live 08 cover

Injured Washington Wizards star takes solace in gaming glory, pegs "October 1 or 2" release date for EA's next hoops game.

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With so many fans (as well as superstitious athletes) concerned about the Madden cover jinx, Electronic Arts may have found a way around the issue by simply picking poster boys for its products that are already experiencing a stretch of bad luck. This weekend EA unveiled the already unfortunate cover athlete for its upcoming NBA Live 08: Gilbert Arenas, all-star guard of the Washington Wizards.

The Wizards are on the brink of being swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight in the first round of the NBA playoffs after an unlucky April sidelined two of the team's top three scorers. The team's all-star forward Caron Butler started the month by breaking a bone in his hand, quickly followed by a season-ending knee injury suffered by Arenas.

"It makes my whole rehabbing that much better now," wrote Arenas in his NBA.com blog. "Because while rehabbing, all I'm thinking about is, 'I'm on the cover of Live.'"

After describing the honor as being "better than a Wheaties box," Arenas tipped fans off to when they could expect to see his mug gracing retail shelves, saying "October 1 or 2. Y'all be at them stores."

EA did not announce a complete list of platforms for NBA Live 08, but it did say the game will arrive on the PlayStation 3 and Wii for the first time. The game is currently in development at EA Canada.

Discussion

109 comments
madden_god21
madden_god21

this game is beautiful has the best graphics

grinch14
grinch14

they should have this game for the wii it would be so cool

funky_facon
funky_facon

they should put lebron james on the cover

Vaughn-Paul
Vaughn-Paul

Gilbert is the best point gurard in the NBA

theKSMM
theKSMM

I can just imagine crossovers and fakes with the Wii remote...

riku-ansem
riku-ansem

I would buy 2k if they had an All-Star week on it but when will that be all they really have good is graphics. Nba live has nice graphics for X-Box 360 and they will prolly be nice for the PS3 too. Allso Live has an All-Star mode.

khaliln
khaliln

In all honesty.. I think Jose Calderon should get the cover grace, go Raptors!

lilhg
lilhg

in the cover i thoguht it would of been steve nash but arenas is cool to

jsmoke03
jsmoke03

no matter who they put on the cover, it don't matter as long as the gameplay isn't as good as 2k series...

xtermin8er93
xtermin8er93

SWEET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! even though I'm from Indiana but the Pacers SUK!!!!!

game46312
game46312

hey darkneji14 jason kidd is bi racial he black and white

DarkNeji14
DarkNeji14

shoulda been steve nash or dirk n. but arenas is good ...... Jason kidd is white whoever said he was black

da_monsta12
da_monsta12

I like Arenas, I think he deserved it with hose 4 game winning shots. Though I would like to see Jorge Garbajosa on the cover... not happening. Deron Williams, Carlos Boozer, Chris Bosh, Tracy McGrady, Carmelo Anthony, Dirk Nowitzki and Amare Stoudemire are the other guys who could have got it.

laxgoalie416
laxgoalie416

stolpk i think shawn marion is more versitile.. but yea kevin garnett is all the t-wolves got. hmmmmm gilbert is pretty cool tho.. shooting one handed 3's :D

tt22579
tt22579

bigstikz hey learn to read if you would have bothered to look right below what you decided to quote you would have read what i really said.

stolpk
stolpk

Even tho the T-wolves did horrible this year id like to see Kevin Garnett on the cover of 2k8, most versatile player in the league.

dmastor
dmastor

am i the only one who see nintendo is full of it non of there games surport online play

cobrax80
cobrax80

first basketball game for the Wii!!

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

If it's going to suck like it has for the past several years, does it really matter who will be on the cover? These athletes act like they are starving for money. I wouldn't want my name associated with a crappy product.

taylorzhang
taylorzhang

No matter which one Live 08 choose to be on the cover, I'll buy 2k8 for sure.

PatIsStuupidd
PatIsStuupidd

I like Gilbert, great player and an all around class act. That being said, I'm from Cleveland so you all know who I would have put on the cover...

russians_r_sexy
russians_r_sexy

and i like what snoobo117 said. LeBron gets ragged on too much, nothings ever good enough for the critics. Get him some cover time! Bosh doesnt get enough credit either...either one would be fine

NightRain
NightRain

Should have been Chris Bosh! RECOGNIZE THE RAPTORS!!!

ocdog45
ocdog45

it sucks they annoucne this on the day they get swept.

tbolt_88
tbolt_88

Who cares..Live is horrible! Kobe should be on the 2K8 cover because he is the best shooter in the league.

bigstikz
bigstikz

tt22579 "dude jason kidd isnt black lol do u even watch basketball? Hey dude, apparently you don't watch basketball, Jason Kidd's father is black. I guess you're not all that bballcrazy" LOL if his father is black, then he's obviously still black....even if he's half white

haesuse
haesuse

haha next vicitms. young and arenas. arenas was already getting beat up eveywhere, but poor young. i actualy like the guy.

snoobo117
snoobo117

Chris Bosh or Lebron James must make it to 2k8 Cover. Enough with Shaq

thekey
thekey

It doesn't even matter the game is still going to suck.

tt22579
tt22579

bballcrazy563 "dmastor "Jason kid made the cover once but since its a black dominated sport um yeah we Black ppl arent surprised." Jason Kidd is black... " -Chainlinx dude jason kidd isnt black lol do u even watch basketball? Hey dude, apparently you don't watch basketball, Jason Kidd's father is black. I guess you're not all that bballcrazy

bballcrazy563
bballcrazy563

"dmastor "Jason kid made the cover once but since its a black dominated sport um yeah we Black ppl arent surprised." Jason Kidd is black... " -Chainlinx dude jason kidd isnt black lol do u even watch basketball?

bitedcurbnow
bitedcurbnow

It's pretty funny that this is PS3 news, but the 360 version of the game is the one featured in the article.

ewoodfinest
ewoodfinest

Man I was I big live fan Until I played Nba 2k5 and ever since they I been a fan of nba 2k I hope Live is gonna be just as good as its graphics or even can compete with the game play of 2k

christopherneal
christopherneal

NBA Live is not a good game and has been bad for some time. I hope EA Canada responds with a better product because NBA 2K is a great game. I'm jus' sayin'. :)

majorwes
majorwes

HAHAHa his picture is so funny!!!

JSharpe_187
JSharpe_187

I don't think he deserved it. Don't get me wrong, I think he's a good player, and I like him as a player, but they should give it to Novitzki or Nash. Or maybe one of them Bulls.

Eman5805
Eman5805

I hope they pull a Madden 08 and fix all the BS with the gameplay...

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

I'm surprised Shaq didn't get chosen as they are already out.

ChainLinx
ChainLinx

"dmastor Jason kid made the cover once but since its a black dominated sport um yeah we Black ppl arent surprised." Jason Kidd is black...

p2rus
p2rus

love gil, hate live

s3lFc0nTr0l
s3lFc0nTr0l

yeah gilbert likes 2k games (and so do i) but i think gilberts awesoem, and hopefully live doesnt suck so much this year! (but stevie nash should be on da cover)

dadeisvenm
dadeisvenm

:lol: Gilbert is like "Dang! There goes my cred with the kids." "Oh wait... is there a curse associated with this! NOOooooo!"