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LeBron to wear mask to protect broken nose; played just fine while wearing one in the past (VIDEO)

Feb 23, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

LeBron James remains a gametime decision for Sunday afternoon’s contest against the Chicago Bulls, but if he is able to go, he’s expected to have to play while wearing a protective mask.

James suffered a broken nose near the end of his MVP-like performance against the Thunder on Thursday, and said he wouldn’t have played had the Heat had a game on Saturday.

From the Associated Press:

When asked how his nose felt, James said, “It has been better. It’s a little bit of everything – pain, headaches, whatever. I have to get past it and hopefully get better in the next day. I’m definitely not going to rush it.”

James was to be fitted for a protective mask and will likely wear it if he plays against the Bulls.

“It’s nothing you want to make long-term,” James said. “It’s very uncomfortable.”

James knows from experience. He wore a mask for a few weeks 10 years ago, after he broke his cheekbone hours before his 20th birthday in a game for Cleveland against Houston.

As the video clip above proves, it will take a lot more than a mask for the Bulls (or anyone, really) to slow James, especially considering the way he’s taken things to another level over his last four games.

  1. casualcommenter - Feb 23, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    The Heat just officially ruled out LeBron for the Bulls game, but I’m interested to see how Wade does without LeBron.

    The Heat have been resting Wade all season to preserve him, and Heat fans insist he’s still an elite player. He’ll have a chance to carry the Heat along with Bosh on national TV against a depleted Bulls team that is still playing good defense.

    It will be fun to watch, even without LeBron. Perfect time for a statement game from Wade.

    • antistratfordian - Feb 23, 2014 at 7:49 PM

      It’s odd that Heat fans have to insist that he’s elite when he’s well proven that. It doesn’t matter if he drops 41/10 in the playoffs or 23/10 in Game 7 of the Finals – or if he averages 24/6/5 in the last 4 games of the Finals – or if he outplays Durant in OKC just a few days ago – people still question him.

      He was great today. But of course he was – he’s D.Wade – why wouldn’t he be?

  2. capspats - Feb 23, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    Wonder if canton guy posts something about PEDs…

    • cantonbound13 - Feb 23, 2014 at 2:28 PM

      Due to popular demand I understand the people want to hear a comment by the great cb13, so here we go:
      PEDs can’t heal a broken nose, Diva Wade may have to actually give some effort and play a few games.

      • leahcima1 - Feb 23, 2014 at 3:51 PM

        Alright cantonthegreatjerk. Would a NBA team that has not won a championship in 41 years consider signing a player who isn’t yet age 30 and is a 4 time MVP, rookie of the year winner, 2 times NBA championship finals MVP, 7 time all star first teamer, 2 time all star 2 nd team, all defensive team 5 times and 2 time all star MVP.? Oops. I forgot, they tried to but he mooned them. Don’t take it personal jerk0, Carmelo Anthony will surly lead his team to the holy grail. That is if he ever learns the definition of the TEAM. lol

      • cantonbound13 - Feb 24, 2014 at 3:25 PM

        Princess Leaha continues to butcher the English language. Nicely done, moron.

      • belleby123 - Feb 26, 2014 at 8:33 AM

        Do the fans have to pay extra on the days Wade shows up for a game? In fairness, though, I don’t think we should call him a “diva”. I believe that because he falls onto the hard court surface after ever single shot he gets bruised an battered during the season and has to sit out to recuperate. Some people may ask why he still falls to the floor when no one is defending him, but those questions are just mean. Wade knows the refs need those pratfalls so they can further fix the outcomes of the games. Unless antistratfordian has a better theory.

    • leahcima1 - Feb 23, 2014 at 3:58 PM

      Capspats let’s not call him canton guy. His name is sidneythecantonjerk0. See the great post below by rodge1. He nails sidneythecantonjerk0 spot on.

  3. kplaya - Feb 23, 2014 at 2:57 PM


  4. rodge1 - Feb 23, 2014 at 3:03 PM


    Has nothing to do with popular demand, has more to do with predictability. Like how predictable you are. It started with you saying LeBron isn’t being clutch. Then you said Knicks were built to beat the Heat, that was my personal favorite. Soon after you said they’d never beat OKC or any team from the West. After that came how the Heat’s 2012 Championship had an asterisk because of a shortened season. Last year you reminded us of how dumb you are by repeating your Knicks’ finals prediction, followed by saying the Heat would lose to the Spurs. And this year your theme is PED’s… You’re a predictable hater Sid. Please continue your hate because your tears of envy fuel us Miami fans.

    • cantonbound13 - Feb 23, 2014 at 9:16 PM

      As predictable a Rodger Dodger disappearing after a Heat loss? Please, nothing you or Princess Leaha say can be taken seriously because after the Flamers’ little phony run comes to an end you will be no where to be found Roger Dodger. That’s predictable!
      Who the heck is Sid?

  5. djshnooks - Feb 23, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    Lebron is such a p***y!

    Hockey players play with broken faces and missing teeth…even broken legs.

    Football players play with broken arms, broken legs, broken ribs.

    Basketball players can’t play with a broken nose in a sport where you get called for a foul for looking at a guy the wrong way?

    I knew there was a reason I stopped following the NBA and started watching college ball. But don’t give me crap, Boson is still a better franchise than Miami, and Lebron will never get them to that level of greatness that Bird got Boston to. Not to mention he couldn’t handle the pressure of playing big time college basketball.

    Between Crosby, Lebron, Beiber and the Kardashians…I wish they’d disappear. Lol.

    • antistratfordian - Feb 23, 2014 at 8:21 PM

      This dude is so mad.

    • bougin89 - Feb 24, 2014 at 8:59 AM

      Do you think Larry Bird would have went to college if he had a $90+ million dollar contract from Nike awaiting him the day he was done playing high school basketball?

  6. rodge1 - Feb 23, 2014 at 9:38 PM


    Nobody has disappeared besides you and your lover MrsWright212 ever since the Knicks have been a joke. Well, every now and then you do pop up to hate on LeBron because you’re bitter he chose to be in Miami with Pat Riley. I know you are Sid Rosenburg, I’ve seen your mugshot.

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