Kyrie Irving named NBA Live 14 cover athlete

Cleveland Cavaliers all-star point guard to adorn the cover of this fall's Xbox One and PS4 professional basketball game.

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Electronic Arts announced today that Cleveland Cavaliers all-star point guard Kyrie Irving is the cover athlete for this fall's Xbox One and PlayStation 4 game NBA Live 14.

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Irving was the first overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft and was named the 2011-12 NBA Rookie of the Year before making the NBA All-Star game in 2013.

"I'm so proud to be the face of this franchise as it makes its much-anticipated return," Irving said in a statement. "I've been on the court with the development team and I've seen first-hand some of the amazing things EA Sports is doing with NBA Live 14. The fans are going to love it."

NBA Live 14 is due out later this year running on the EA Sports Ignite game engine. Previous installments NBA Elite 11 and NBA Live 13 were both canceled at the 11th hour.

Competitor NBA 2K14 launches this fall for current- and next-generation consoles. It is 2K Sports' "biggest endeavor yet" and will feature Miami Heat star LeBron James on its cover.

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