Todd’s Nods: Kobe In Vogue
No Kobe Bryant hasn’t started buying clothes from websites he finds on Pinterest. He actually broke his nose.
After taking an inadvertent hit from the Miami Heats’ Dwayne Wade, Bryant joined a trend that many players consider a good luck charm.
It must be considering that the “Mamba” has averaged over 30 points per game since the all-star break.
Rip Hamilton, shooting guard for the Chicago Bulls, broke his nose in 2004 and has chosen to wear it ever since. Many believe this is not only protect his nose, but also stand out as the man in the mask.
Bryant might have to follow Hamilton’s lead if these numbers continue.
These two players join several other trends in sport where health accessories are turned into permanent additions.
Other trends include Allen Iverson’s arm sleeve, which he wore to protect a cut on his arm and continued to wear the rest of his career and Amare Stoudamire’s goggles, which he has worn since a fingernail scratched the lens of his eye.
The downside, as Bryant told ESPN.com is that the mask holds sweat inside of it.
“I just felt like I started sweating immediately,” Bryant said. “It was like a sauna on my face. I was drinking my own sweat or something, and it was totally disgusting.”
If a little sweat in the mouth is the price to average over 30 points in the NBA, Bryant likely isn’t too concerned.
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