LeBron switches to clear mask at NBA’s request

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Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) adjusts his mask during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks in Miami, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) adjusts his mask during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks in Miami, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

Miami Heat forward LeBron James celebrates after scoring a 3-pointer against the New York Knicks during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Miami, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. The Heat won 108-82. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

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MIAMI (AP) — 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.

Associated Press

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