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Kobe Bryant wears new black face mask

Posted on: March 6, 2012 7:34 pm
Edited on: March 6, 2012 7:53 pm
Posted by Ben Golliver  

Kobe Bryant will don this black mask. (

Cue the Batman jokes, I guess.

Los Angeles Lakers All-Star guard Kobe Bryant will switch up his mask game on Tuesday night, replacing his old clear model with the smaller, all-black style shown above, via Bryant will debut the new mask when the Lakers travel to The Palace of Auburn Hills to face the Detroit Pistons.

Bryant has been rocking the head gear because Miami Heat All-Star guard Dwyane Wade hard-fouled him during the 2012 All-Star Game in Orlando. Bryant kept playing in the game and didn't miss any time, even though he suffered a "nasal fracture" and, according to one report, a "mild concussion." offers the following details.
Bryant actually had three new masks made in Detroit — by the maker of Richard Hamilton’s masks — that he tried on at the team’s shootaround on Tuesday morning, and the black one was simply the most comfortable of the five (including the two he already had), according to athletic trainer Gary Vitti.
Update: Here's a few looks at Bryant's new mask from different angles during Tuesday's game.

Kobe Bryant wearing his new black mask against the Pistonsdon this black mask. (FSPistons broadcast)

In L.A.'s three games since the All-Star break, all Lakers wins, Bryant wore the clear mask, which reportedly kept heating up, causing him discomfort. He's topped 31 points in all three games -- wins over the Minnesota Timberwolves, Sacramento Kings and Miami Heat -- so it can't be bothering him that much.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 11:00 pm
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Since: Feb 20, 2012
Posted on: March 6, 2012 9:43 pm

Kobe Bryant wears new black face mask

i find this very disturbibg. i am insulted for him to be able to get away with this... no not really ..i think it looks cool

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 9:42 pm

Kobe Bryant wears new black face mask

I've still never had anyone explain to me how these masks are supposed to help protect someone's broken nose. I mean they're just made of a type of plastic right? How does that help protect your nose?

Since: Mar 6, 2012
Posted on: March 6, 2012 8:36 pm

Kobe Bryant wears new black face mask

You sir are a hater.

Since: Sep 14, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2012 8:34 pm

Kobe Bryant wears new black face mask

We look foolish because hes wearing a black mask? That makes 0 sense. The mast actually looks like it's got bigger eye openings with less of the mask against his face - making the mask less hot.... And to think he needs or wants to create attention to himself over a mask is absurd...

Since: Mar 2, 2012
Posted on: March 6, 2012 8:24 pm

Kobe Bryant wears new black face mask

OMG this is absurd, haha wow. a black mask would heat up more because its black, idiot. he just want to be nicknamed the masked black mamba or something. what an embarrassment to the lakers and i bet u laker fans look foolish with your idol ball hog trying to get more spotlight.

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