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LeBron requested to switch to clear mask by NBA


MIAMI (AP) - LeBron James dispensed with his menacing black mask at the NBA's request and switched to a clear protective cover for the Miami Heat's game Saturday against the Orlando Magic.

The black mask made its debut Thursday in James' first game since he broke his nose. He said he received word from league officials Friday that they wanted him to instead wear something that would allow opponents to see his face.

"It's not a league rule, but it's the league's request that you don't wear the black one," James said before Saturday's game. "The reasons they told me didn't make sense to me, but I'm just a player. I will abide by the request."

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver spoke Friday with Nick Arison, son of the team owner, about the matter. James said he didn't want to make a big issue of it.

"I'm good with the NBA," James said with a smile. "I am not against the NBA. I had a request, and I fulfilled it."

Teammate Dwyane Wade said he warned James the league would give the black mask a thumbs-down.

"I told him after Thursday's game, 'You have fun, because it ain't happening the next game,'" Wade said. "It was fun. A lot of attention, a lot of T-shirts are going to be made, a lot of Instagram posts. Now we move on to something else."

James agreed that the black mask was a marketing success, with feedback he received universally positive. He said he may give the mask to charity so it can be auctioned off.

"Everyone loved it," James said. "I got stuff, from 'You look very menacing,' to 'You look like a superhero,' to 'You look amazing.' A little bit of everything. No one told me it was terrible."

Not even league officials.

"I think they loved it as well," James said.

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sajwife March 02 2014 at 2:52 PM

As an Oklahoma Thunder fan, I honestly think this is the dumbest thing I have ever heard. A clear facemask? Puhleeze! I think he looks great in the mask, and it does not make him look like a super hero! Now red might have been an issue.

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patters85 March 02 2014 at 7:59 PM

No one would care if it was one of the little jump shooters wearing a carbon mask. But since it's one of the most feared basket slayers... I can see the secret complaints to the bosses. LOL! Get um Lebron!

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superstar March 02 2014 at 5:08 PM

He's LeBron! Need to say nothing more!

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samca142@aol.com March 02 2014 at 12:09 PM

He Always wants to be a Show Off, Don't care for him at all.
He's not that good M J was and is Still the Best...Hands down...

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hclapp1164 samca142@aol.com March 02 2014 at 5:21 PM

Not true - LB is the new MJ!!!

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Hello, Enrique! March 02 2014 at 3:33 PM

EL ZORRO IS BACK....

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lthrnck68 March 02 2014 at 12:01 PM

No. Don't do it. Keep the face covered.

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baileysno1lala lthrnck68 March 02 2014 at 12:03 PM

LOL!!!!

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ngbiker1 March 02 2014 at 12:00 PM

maybe he can perform on broadway.

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Dave March 02 2014 at 9:31 AM

What's the big deal with the mask? The clear ones are really ugly. The one Lebron's wearing actually looks nicer.

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Hello Bill March 02 2014 at 3:49 PM

I think he look pretty Kool with that Mask....La Bronman

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jwyola March 02 2014 at 12:00 PM

Too bad we already know the Dolt's "secret indentity"

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