Kobe Bryant wore one of those Rip Hamilton masks for the Lakers’ game against the T-Wolves Wednesday to protect his face from further damage. Kobe suffered a broken nose and concussion on a hard foul by Dwyane Wade in the All-Star Game Sunday. Many protective Lakers fans felt the foul was intentional and were upset with Wade. Dwyane apologized for the foul, saying he didn’t mean to hurt Kobe. After Wednesday’s game, Bryant acknowledged that.
“It was very simple. He didn’t mean to do it. He’s not that kind of person. He’s a nicer guy than I am,” Kobe said.
The Kobester also said it was uncomfortable wearing the mask.
“It just felt like it started sweating immediately inside. It felt like I had a sauna on my face. I was drinking my own sweat.”
When you hear that description from Kobe, you have to wonder how a guy like Rip prefers playing with the mask. Maybe it’s just like anything else, where the more you do it the more you get used to it. I have a feeling Kobe will try and get rid of that thing as soon as he can. Oh, and his comments should end the Wade hate from Lakers fans immediately.