Kobe Bryant Sports Superhero Black Mask in Court

Last Wednesday, Kobe Bryant dealt with the broken nose he suffered in the All-Star game by wearing a transparent protective mask. However, Bryant found the mask uncomfortable, claiming it fogged up and got way too hot. To fix these issues, he’s changed his mask, opting for a black one. Except that made him look even more ridiculous, as if he decided to dress up as a caped crusader for a comic-book convention.

Sadly, the experiment was short-lived. At end of the first half, Kobe had switched back to the clear mask, likely in the hope of correcting his 2-of-10 shooting from the field before halftime. Prior to the game, Lakers.com reporter Mike Trudell explained why Kobe picked the black mask:

Bryant actually had three new masks made in Detroit — by the maker of Richard Hamilton’s masks — that he tried on at the team’s shootaround on Tuesday morning, and the black one was simply the most comfortable of the five (including the two he already had), according to athletic trainer Gary Vitti.

Comfort is a suitable reason for picking this mask, even if it didn’t work out in the long run. But that’s not going to stop fans from Photoshopping him into photos of the Lone Ranger and Zorro. The image is too ridiculous to avoid. With any luck, we’ll see Kobe opt for a full Batman mask, complete with ears, for his next game. It’s the logical next step.

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Soccer Team Opens Big Opportunity for Allen Iverson

NBA legend Allen Iverson is in the middle of considerable financial disaster right now, currently holding such little cash that a judge has ordered his wages garnished to pay back a jewelry debt of more than $850,000. The guy needs money as fast as possible, and for Iverson that means getting a basketball job.

Yahoo!’s own Adrian Wojnarowski reported two weeks ago that Iverson has an offer to play in Puerto Rico, and Chris Broussard of ESPN.com cites sources claiming he’d spend some time in the D-League if it meant a chance at an NBA job.

Iverson is clearly looking for an answer (pardon the pun) to both his financial woes and diminished standing in the sporting world. And while desperate times call for desperate measures, some offers are just too ridiculous to consider. For instance, an indoor soccer club has now extended a not-insubstantial offer to Iverson.

It’s hard not to be a little curious about Iverson as a soccer player. For years, observers have speculated that, based on his elite quickness and toughness, he could have been one of the best soccer players of all time if he’d devoted himself to it from birth in the manner of athletes in other parts of the world.

Still, let’s call this offer what it is: a publicity grab by a team in a minor sports league looking to get as much attention as possible. There’s no way they can expect Iverson to take this deal. Disregard all the talk about helping Iverson stay in the United States or hosting his friends — the Lancers are exploiting a great athlete’s name recognition and dire circumstances in the hope of getting some extra money.

Source: Yahoo News

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