Russell Westbrook

Between his full-throttle style and seemingly superhuman stats, Russell Westbrook was always a likely candidate to join the Association’s face-mask crew. He did it in maybe the most Westbrook way possible, suffering a fractured bone in his right cheek while tallying his third straight triple-double in February 2015.nfl jerseys cheap authentic

The injury was the result of friendly fire, as he fell and was hit in the face by teammate Andre Roberson’s knee. The collision left Westbrook with “a noticeable imprint on his right cheek,” per the Associated Press.

That happened on a Friday. After sitting out a contest that Sunday, Westbrook was back in action the coming Wednesday. Moreover, the masked Westbrook was just like the unmasked version. He not only triple-doubled for the fourth consecutive game, but he had his most points (49) and rebounds (15)—both custom nfl jerseys cheap career highs at the time—of that stretch.

“For those of you, including myself, that thought Russell might need a couple of games to get used to wearing the mask, we were wrong,” then-Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks said, per ESPN’s Royce Young.customized nfl jerseys cheap

Remember Brandon Williams? Neither do we.

But his 18-game NBA career still produced one of the Association’s more magical masks, which we still can’t tell if it’s more Zorro or Dread Pirate Roberts. And if Williams is producing any kind of basketball debate to this day, that’s something no one can ever take away from him.

By the way, how great were the ’90s?custom nfl jerseys  It was a lost opportunity whenever the Association ended its facial-accessory relationship with Party City.

You have to appreciate Alonzo Mourning’s ingenuity. While the rest of the hoops world scrambled to find the ideal mask design, ‘Zo opted for a full-on helmet to protect a fractured cheekbone in 1998.

Here’s to hoping Mourning started each game of his masked helmeted run with a healthy, “This is Sparta!”customized nfl jerseys