LeBron James debuted a black mask for his broken nose Thursday night and Twitter responded appropriately, comparing the NBA super star to the likes of Zorro, among others.
LeBron broke his nose in a game against the Thunder last Thursday. During the week he let everyone know he would be wearing a mask reminiscent of Bane from the Batman universe. Exactly one week after his injury, the public saw the new LeBron, only he didn’t look anything like Bane.
Instead LeBron James looked like more like Zorro, with a little Darth Vader mixed in. Of course, the twitterverse had its own comparisons. Here are just a few examples:
Who wore it better? Kanye West or LeBron James? pic.twitter.com/Ij9T1nyuCz
— Basketball Forever (@Bballforeverfb) February 28, 2014
LeBron looks like Hannibal Lecter.
— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) February 28, 2014
Phantom of the LeOpera pic.twitter.com/5JNgG7ZCzQ — SB Nation GIF (@SBNationGIF) February 28, 2014
It might not be the reaction LeBron James was hoping for. It got so bad at one point that even one of the most popular retail websites got in on the joke:
Get ready for Mardi Gras, or protect your nose during basketball games https://t.co/mHoF3FiT0Qpic.twitter.com/rOlxt78UwV
— Amazon (@amazon) February 28, 2014
James’ on court personality has always has always been a huge part of his game. He is a big character with the skills to back up his antics. It was not a mistake he chose a black mask, it was further proof that LeBron takes himself seriously when he needs to, and knows how to have fun when it’s appropriate.
Whether LeBron looks like Zorro, Darth Vader, Hannibal Lector, or anyone else, as long as the mask allows him to play he should wear it. He is one of the best players in the game and one of the main reasons the Heat could three-peat.