Kobe Bryant mask raises $67,100 (gallery)
May, 9, 2012
By Patrick Dorsey | ESPN.com
Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty ImagesNever one to back down from injury, Kobe Bryant simply added this valuable accessory in 2012.You remember that mask, the one that found its way onto the face of Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant in February in March? Per Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles.com, that piece of headgear -- brought about by a broken nose in the All-Star Game -- fetched $67,100 in an auction for the Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation, an organization that is trying to eradicate homelessness in Los Angeles.
What a perfect excuse to take a photographic trip down KobeMask lane...
Bob Donnan/US PresswireIt all started with a broken nose, thanks to an errant Dwyane Wade elbow in the All-Star Game.
Kirby Lee/US PresswireBut hey! Maybe the mask would turn the notoriously fiery Bryant into a nicer guy somehow?
AP Photo/Mark J. TerrillNope.
Noah Graham/Getty Images"Do I hear five? Five dollars. Looking for ... What's that: $67,000? Yeah, that's better."
Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty ImagesLooks like Ray Allen wanted to get his hands on this mask for free.
Noah Graham/NBAE/Getty ImagesNow it's gone. And ya know? We kinda miss it. Maybe Kobe should bring back the mask.