With a brokeb nose, LeBron James need to wear a protective face mask for his face. And lets face it, LeBron James new mask is very stylish, black, and quite intimidating. LeBron James and the fans love it, but the NBA does not. They actually are requesting that LeBron James use the traditional clear mask instead of the superhero black mask he was using Thursday night.
During an interview, LeBron James stated that he used the black mask because the clear mask that was expecting to use was not ready. And opted to use the black mask because he knew the team would be wearing their throwback black jerseys and wanted to show some team spirit. The NBA however has a history of requiring players who use different masks to switch to the clear masks and it seems that LeBron James is no exception. James however, is appealing the decision and should expect an answer before the Miami Heat host against the Orlando Magic on Saturday.
Although not entirely similar, this scenario reminds me of when David Stern fined Michael Jordan $5000 for each game he wore his colored Nike shoes. Michael Jordan continued to wear those shoes simply because Nike was sponsoring him and paying him an extraordinary amount of money. Eventually David Stern allowed those shoes and the Jordan line of shoes have become the most popular since. Jordan’s actions also are responsible for the array of colored shoes you see today in the NBA.
Now will LeBron James be able to pull this off? Maybe not considering the mask is temporary and will definitely be gone before the playoffs start, but it is fun to think about. Everything else in the NBA is colorful or black. Starting with the shoes, to the headbands, the socks, the braces, the sleeves, and any other accessory you can think of, so why not the mask?
Comment below and say whether or you not you believe LeBron James should be allowed to wear the Black Mask.