Despite having to fashion a Rich Hamilton nose guard (minus the head band) that was later described as a sauna, Kobe still managed to score a game high 31 points (4th 30+ point game in Feb.) versus the Love-less Timberwolves. Kobe also added 7 rebounds and 8 assists.
If I'm not mistaken, this is the first time Kobe has ever worn a nose guard in his entire career. It looked a bit creepy, Hannibal Lecter-like, but it did not stop Kobe nor slow him down. In fact, the new look gave opportunity for a new nickname.
So far I've found these thanks to social media, specifically LakersNation.com who are known to be the driving force behind new Laker nicknames:
- Masked Mamba
- The Phantom of the Mambora
- The Mask
- The Mamba of the Opera
- Darth Mamba
- Bat Mamba
- Mamba Man
What do you think? Do you have any better nicknames?