MIAMI — LeBron James has dispensed with his menacing black mask at the NBA’s request and is wearing 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.
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.
Teammate Dwyane Wade said he warned James the league would give the black mask a thumbs-down.