Newly masked wonder Kobe Bryant is switching up his mask to go with something that is more in tune with his nickname: The Black Mamba.
Update: Tuesday, March 6 at 8:30 p.m. ET
The black mask didn't last long. The Mamba got off to a horrid start from the field, and he has gone back to the clear version. The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding had the news.
Kobe hits first shot with the clear mask back: a 9-foot fadeaway. LAL 39, DET 32.— KEVIN DING (@KevinDing) March 7, 2012
As you might have now guessed, his new mask is going to be black. Here is a look:
This new mask appears to be a little smaller than his last version, but a different color. You don't have to take my word on this. Judge for yourself:
There is definitely more of an edge to this mask. Gone is the silly-looking clear, and it has been replaced with an ominous black.
In fact, this mask has a certain Batman feel to it. Let's just hope that Bryant's move to a more Caped Crusader look stops with the mask.
It would be far too awkward to see Bryant out there in a nipple-enhanced George Clooney Batman suit.
A look at this mask from the side an it's pretty clear it has hints of Hannibal Lecter.
Maybe Kobe Bryant is just a big R Kelly fan?
At least Kobe had a medical purpose for this mask. R should have kept his mask in the closet.