PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A basketball player wearing a mask during an NBA game because of a facial injury is nothing new. Many players, after breaking a nose or another facial bone, have worn masks to allow them to continue to play as they heal.

So when Lebron James broke his nose in a game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, it wasn’t surprising when he returned wearing a mask. The difference this time, is that instead of the clear mask that most players have worn, James chose an all black version.

PHOTOS: Lebron’s Black Mask

It wasn’t quite the Bane mask James suggested on his Instagram account that he might wear, but it was intimidating none the less.

I mean I just might have to…BaneJames #StriveForGreatness

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