The NBA had a different look on the court last night, Lebron James debuted his mask after recently breaking his nose.
Although Lebron’s mask is something that has never quite been seen before, masks in general aren’t new on the floor. The masks became memorable starting with Rip Hamilton.
Hamilton began wearing the mask in ’03 after breaking his nose twice. The clear mask with top and bottom straps.
The clear mask was the main go to look for players to wear when they had a nose injury. However, black masks have become more common, especially for the stars of the league.
Both Kobe and Kyrie rocked the black masks in 2012, however all of the makes differ from one another. The main difference from Lebron’s is the detail and the fact that it was made of carbon fiber, which is a lot lighter than the other masks shown.
Masks are solely worn when there is an injury, however they become something else that people can talk about. NBA players aren’t the only ones that have sported the masks.
Tyler Hansbrough sported the mask after a rough game against major rival, Duke. As seen, Hansbrough is wearing the same design that Rip Hamilton perfected.
The most interesting part about masks is that they are temporary. Players do become superstitious and like to hold onto certain trends, however with the extra heat that the mask brings, it is something that they usually ditch after wearing.