Throwback: The Masked Mamba forces OT against the Pistons (2012)


Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers wears a black mask on his face, during a game against the Detroit Pistons at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan on March 6, 2012.


Kobe Bryant started the game against the Pistons wearing a newly designed black mask that was supposed to provide him with some comfort—apparently it did not do that.

Lakers reporter Mike Trudell tweeted that Kobe felt uncomfortable in the mask and he decided to go back to his original clear mask.

Kobe has found plenty of success with the clear mask—the same cannot be said for his short time with the black mask. The Black Mamba started 1-6 from the field with the new black mask on. If something does not feel comfortable on Kobe’s face then it would definitely be tough for him to play well with it on.


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