Richard Hamilton

Is anyone more closely associated with masks than Richard Hamilton? Maybe Jason Voorhees and Jim Carrey, but certainly no one in the hoops universe.

Rip originally rocked one after breaking his nose twice in the 2003-04 season. He was advised to wear it the remainder of his playing days to guard against the need of significant nasal reconstructive surgery, cheap nfl nike jersey

Hamilton went a step further and embraced it as his trademark trait, as he told Martin Rickman of Dime Magazine:

“There’s a lot of great players in the NBA. It’s hard to separate one from the other from a talent perspective. Guys come and guys go, so I always said when I wore the mask … everybody who came into the arena was always saying: ‘Who is cheap nfl jerseys china nike the guy wearing the mask? Why is he wearing the mask?’ I always felt that was my blueprint. Even years when I’m old and grey, people will not just remember me from a basketball standpoint, but they’ll always know me for the mask.”

Hamilton isn’t wrong. It’s hard to picture his on-court exploits without also conjuring an image of that plastic facial shield.

Plus, it’s not like it hampered his play. Hamilton helped steer the Detroit Pistons to the world title in 2004. All three of his All-Star selections came after he adopted the look, as did four of his top six scoring averages.nike nfl jerseys cheap china

Don’t count on Embiid to follow in Hamilton’s footsteps as a lifetime member of the masked hooper society.

He wore it three times in the Philadelphia 76ers’ opening-round defeat of the Miami Heat but said he’s still not comfortable playing in it.

“It’s just weird,” Embiid said, per Jack McCaffery of the Delaware County Daily Times. ” … Hopefully, it gets better. But I don’t think I am getting used to it.”

Embiid’s numbers reach the same conclusion. His three-game playoff averages include 18.7 points on 41.7 percent shooting. This season—his first as an NBA All-Star—he put up 22.9 points per night with a 48.3 percent accuracy rate.nfl nike jerseys for cheap

That said, Philly will rightfully err on the side of caution. A source told Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer that “a forceful blow to the orbital bone could even permanently damage the sight in his left eye.”

Permanent eye damage would be concerning for any person. With Embiid, the worry is amplified a thousand times over. He’s not only the leading scorer, rebounder and shot-blocker of a possible championship contender, but he hasn’t even started collecting his nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap new five-year contract which kicks in next season and could pay him as much as $178 million.

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