PHOTO: Kobe’s Black Mask

Kobe Bryant will be wearing a black mask to protect his broken nose in Tuesday’s contest at Detroit, so yes, you can insert your “Black Masked Mamba” lines here.

Bryant actually had three new masks made in Detroit — by the maker of Richard Hamilton’s masks — that he tried on at the team’s shootaround on Tuesday morning, and the black one was simply the most comfortable of the five (including the two he already had), according to athletic trainer Gary Vitti.

Bryant will have access to the mask that he wore in the team’s last three games, which didn’t affect his scoring much as he averaged 34 points per game.

Before the game, Mike Brown said that he couldn’t think of any player, ever, that played through more injuries than Bryant.