LeBron James’ black, carbon-fiber mask made headlines when he wore it during the Miami Heat’s Thursday win (Feb. 27) over the New York Knicks. However, he will ditch the mask for his upcoming games at the league’s request… and will instead wear a clearer version.
The NBA superstar broke his nose last week, and will wear a mask for the next several weeks. But, he’ll need to choose from a select number of league-approved masks.
According to ESPN.com, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said Saturday morning (March 1) that the team has been in contact with the NBA to comply with the request. He did not, however, indicate the specific style or color of the new masks James will consider.
“We’ve had numerous ones made, so he will have his pick and will choose one that is authorized also by the league,” Spoelstra told ESPN.com. “We did talk to the league (Friday). So stay tuned for what mask you’ll see tonight.”
The carbon-fiber mask quickly drew comparisons on social media to masks worn by superhero characters like Batman all the way to villains such as Hannibal Lecter.