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LeBron James ditching black face guard

NBA asks LeBron James to wear a league-approved face guard and stop wearing the solid black mask he's worn since he broke his nose.
By DANIELLE HAYNES, UPI.com   |   March 1, 2014 at 6:31 PM
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March 1 (UPI) -- Miami Heat superstar LeBron James won't be wearing his fancy new black face guard in Saturday's game against Orlando after the NBA requested he wear one of a selection of league-approved masks.

James made waves with his all-black mask he started wearing to protect his broken nose. He even joked in an Instagram post that it was reminiscent of the dark knight himself, Batman.

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"Always wanted to save Gotham City from the corruption, criminals and untrustworthy that brings the city down! #SuperHeroThoughts #SignalInTheAir #ImBatman #StriveForGreatness," he wrote.

But it looks like the NBA isn't a big fan of attention-drawing face gear. James initially appealed the NBA's decision, but eventually relented to select from the league-approved gear.

[CBS Sports] [USA Today]

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