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Photo Caption Contest: Phil Jackson likens Kobe Bryant's photo to villain in 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit'

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Kobe Bryant's photo shoot with The Los Angeles Times magazine has been heavily scrutinized, with Bryant saying the photos were doctored, teammates appearing confused and the stylist defending the concept.

That was the reaction stage. Now we're in the fun stage, with Deadspin featuring a wide-range of digitally altered  images featuring Bryant. That includes Bryant appearing as "ET," on the cover of National Geographic, Mt. Rushmore, and something that may make Shaq jealous -- "Kazaam."

And if Lakers Coach Phil Jackson has anything to do with it, the gallery will surely be updated, with the Zen Master adding one idea to a list of endless possibilities.

"You remember that movie, 'Where's Roger Rabbit' or something?" Jackson said to The Times' T.J. Simers. "Remember that villain in there? The image just stuck with me in that light."

Of course, Judge Doom dressed in all black in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit," while Bryant wore all white during his photo shoot. But the comparison seems pretty on point, with the photo below showing that the hats look similar. And then there's the similar personality traits. Doom destroyed cartoon characters in a boiling cauldron, while Bryant has currently destroyed the Jazz with two 30-point- plus performances with the Lakers taking a 2-0 series lead.

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Assuming that someone eventually Photoshops Bryant's image on Doom's body, what would be your photo caption? And who would be Roger Rabbit? Would it be the Lakers' opponents? Would it be the press? Or would it even be Shaq? The best photo caption will be featured in Thursday's morning links post.

Photo: Adam Kimmel white button-down and bow-tie, Black Fleece by Brooks Brothers linen pleat-front trousers, Worth & Worth Treviso hat, American Apparel unisex terry headband and wristband. Credit: Ruven Afanador

Photo: Judge Doom (Christopher Lloyd) starts off modestly enough: an all-black ensemble including hat, cane, cape and shades. He carts around a boiling cauldron of Dip, a concoction that melts naughty cartoons away into a bloody red mess. (Remember the poor, whimpering toon shoe Doom used to demonstrate the Dip's power? Awww.) But when Roger really ticks Doom, he starts screeching, those bulging bullet eyes pop out, and we still go running for the exit. Credit: Touchstone Pictures

-- Mark Medina

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OH.MY.GOD.

LMAO!!!


It seems I've created quite a stir on here - COMPLETELY unintentional - I assure you.

I have to give you ALL a shout out for the kind, supportive words. And - well - the absolutely CRAZY words too! LOL!

My Laker family - I love and appreciate your kindess more than you know.

What can I say? I'm hot, I'm smart, I love the Lakers and I ROCK! AND - to top it all off - I'm wonderfully modest. I have a good sense of humor (at least in my own mind), and I find an innocent joy in scourging trolls. I like vodka but don't drink heavily (I know - you don't believe that but it's true. And really - who respects a lush?) I would continue, but this is a Lakers blog and that's really why we come on here isn't it? To talk about our Lakers? No one really wants to know my cup size do they? Or how I got in my jeans? HAHAHAHA!

Hahaha Justa, no worries. I apologize if I ever called you "dude" but I'm very happy that the women on this blog can hold their own when it comes to sports and the Lakers. WE'RE BEAUTY, BRAINS, AND SO MUCH MORE!!!!

Hope I'm not to late for the SWEET SIXTEEN RING - HERE WE COME BANDWAGON! It surely is a SWEET ride!

MM - sorry but I refuse to participate in this photo caption contest.

I do not want to make fun of this shoot at all.

It was artsy - different - mod - fantastic.

It may stimulate some to witty commentary - maybe others to make fun of what they do not know or like - but I'm not one of them. I'm moved to simply say I loved it and am glad Kobe chose to think outside the box most people want him to stay in.


Have fun the rest of you. No judgement here. JMHO.

OK, MM, I'm in. Here's my photo caption:

The inner "Playoff Kobe" explains to the inner "Playoff Lebron" exactly how it's going to end.

Very artsy! Very gutsy as well! Our Black Mamba in White Dove clothing! READY TO STRIKE at any moment!

SWEET 16 RINGS bandwagon.

WHAT A FABULOUS RIDE!!!!

PUT ME ON THERE MAMBA24!!!

I will ride that sucker until the wheels fall off, until hell freezes over, until... well - until we swap it in for the Sizzling 17 ride!


This championship run is something special. We have had so much adversity this year. So many injuries. I know we've still got problems to address, and issues to correct but I am SO VERY HAPPY to be here in the post-season - poised to repeat. I am feeling very confident. We got this.


GO LAKERS!!

Nothing but another title will suffice - Kobe "fashion mogul" Bryant


MAMBA… “Tell me what you need Laker Tom.”
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Assuming we get a great design from Karim :-) and permission to market the shirt from MM, we could probably produce the shirt in quantities of 50 units for around $5 per finished shirt. There are lots of companies out there who will take your full color design and silk screen it on blank T-shirts with a minimum quantity of a dozen. Imagine Karim’s drawing of Kobe silk screened on a quality T-shirt.
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I checked one site and their estimate was $5.77 per shirt for 60 shirts in 6 sizes with full color screen print on front only. Total cost $346.00 including free shipping. Delivery time is around 2 weeks. One question is do we want to wait until we win and have Karim make it a Lakers Blog Championship T or just a plain Lakers Blog T. Let me know what everybody thinks. We do have only 10 wins to go.
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I have never done this before but I am sure there are other bloggers who have who could contribute their knowhow. Maybe, somebody actually works for a company that does this. I was thinking we could sell the shirts for $10.oo each plus shipping. We would need somebody to collect the orders and money, order and pay for the shirts, and then ship them when completed. My presumption is that we have Mamba create a Lakers Blog T-Shirt Bandwagon and an email to which orders can be sent. We would need some method to collect the money for the orders via credit card or check or money order.
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Like everything, there is always more work and details than you expect but if there is enough interest, we could do it. I was also thinking of having Mamba’s roll call on the back of the shirt for a little extra. Let’s see if anybody else is interested. Zaira, we would probably want the year on the shirt too. :-)
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TOM


You got a better chance of controlling Kobe offensively than you do controlling a photo shoot.
It's all good and it's all over. The punch line loses it's punch the second time.

Go Loud, Go Lakers, 10 mo'

Justa -

Two things:

(A) I still need to buy you a vodka when I get back to L.A. because it seems as if you haven't tried Hangar One yet. :-)

(B) The only thing that I found repulsive about the photoshoot was the fact that Kobe's skin tone was photoshopped. That seems to take away much from the aesthetic efficacy of the pictures.

Hope you're having a good day!

REPOST: A NBA Playoff Definition of INsanity

Watch the DVR of the second half of game 2 and yell at the replay again.

OK, so call me crazy.

Posted by: VMan

VMan - if you're crazy then I'm outta my cotton pickin' mind. I do the exact same thing!

But - I thought this was the definition of Lakerholic?

JEANETTE.. I will keep you in mind if we get this project off the launching pad. I actually live in Marin County which is across the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge from the East Bay and El Cerrito. Give me a shout out on the blog when your plans are complete. Maybe we can work it out to get together with you and your hubby for a drink just to share the memories of our 16th championship. :-)
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TOM

Cali - 2 things:

1 - you're on (and you're right)!

2 - I didn't find it repulsive that they darkened his skin. I perceived it simply as a tool used to gain a more striking contrast. Black is beautiful - no matter the shade!

A Laker Blog t-shirt sounds cool. I'd buy one.

Go Lakers!

Oh - cali - and you have a good day too!

Laker Tom / Jeanette / Zaira et al:


COUNT ME IN.

I WANT A LAKERS BLOG T-SHIRT.

FOR THE BLOG OR THE CHAMPIONSHIP - DON'T CARE.

I WANT AT LEAST ONE IF NOT MORE.

I HOPE I HAVE BEEN HEARD LOUD AND CLEAR ON THIS VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

justa - understandable. it's all for good fun. but i respect it

MM

justanothermambafan.... or more accurately NOTjustanother

Thanks for sharing. Crazy loves company, and yes, mam, yelling at replays could be a symptom of a Lakerholic although, depending on the play, could be a symptom of Laker / Kobe Haterism: an ugly, depressed and pathetic psychosis that leaves the patient shriveled and lonely.

Either way, insanity is watching a replay and yelling for a different result. I'm so glad I'm not the only one.

WE WANT T-SHIRTS!!! WE WANT T-SHIRTS!!! WE WANT T-SHIRTS!!!

This blog rocks, really, no better place. I tell you, if you ain't here and you're not cool :-) :-) :-)

@LakerTom, I will be pleased to meet you and Mrs. LakerTom. I will let you know.

Who the heck is this senor ricky dude blathering complete nonsense?

Its getting annoying.

WTFU and smell the coffee or el cafecito senor ricky... Appreciate the sentiments all the way from espana but u livin la vida loca mang.

I will ride that sucker until the wheels fall off, until hell freezes over, until... well - until we swap it in for the Sizzling 17 ride!

Posted by: justanothermambafan | May 05, 2010 at 12:20 PM

BLOG SYNC!!!

Ricky,

you wrote: Pau Gasol is "The Man". He can stop DH (two times, in the finals and at olimpics), also can stop Tim Duncan and KG. He can stop everybody. In the other side, kobe cant stop Lebron, Wade or Paula Pierce. Sorry, but i think that Pau Gasol is not the problem.

my response: Once again, educate yourself!

Before we got Ron Artest, you would find Kobe guarding LBJ, D-Wade,
Carmelo Anthony etc. Essentially, Kobe has guarded the best pg's, sg's &
SF's in the NBA.

I state again, because you seem not catch this. EDUCATE YOURSELF!

2 years ago, Christmas. Kobe vs. LBJ. LBJ gets 19. That game Kobe
dislocated a finger in the first quarter. Last year, Conference Semi-Finals.
Game 3, I believe, Kobe sends Ariza to guard the SG and takes on Melo.
Last playoff series, Kobe guarded Russell Westbrook after the OKC won
two games. Do you need me to post box score results?

Knowledge is power. EDUCATE YOURSELF!!!

Go Kobe!
Go Lakers!!!

Justanothemambafan,

you wrote: What can I say? I'm hot, I'm smart, I love the Lakers and I ROCK! AND - to top it all off - I'm wonderfully modest. I have a good sense of humor (at least in my own mind), and I find an innocent joy in scourging trolls. I like vodka but don't drink heavily (I know - you don't believe that but it's true. And really - who respects a lush?) I would continue, but this is a Lakers blog and that's really why we come on here isn't it? To talk about our Lakers? No one really wants to know my cup size do they? Or how I got in my jeans? HAHAHAHA!

my response:

re: cup size & jeans. HECK YEAH!!! Dish!

Hobbits are curious by nature.


I was thinking about the Kobe photo shoot. You could make an argument for
Kobe as Gandalf the White....

Since we're on the topic of movies:

Kobe as Bruce Campbell in "Army of Darkness".

He points to Gasol and says: "This is my BOOM (Pau) stick! "

Wow Justa...people find out you're a chick and it turns the blog upside down. Goes to show how much is perception of some one alters reality. Boobs or no boobs you're still the same ol' JustAnotherMambaFan to me!!!!

Hangar One is ok. But if you can head down to the BevMo (mostly because this is the only place I've seen it) get your self a bottle of Gvori you will be very pleasantly surprised. Its a small batch distillery so it may be hard to find. But Seriously it is probably the most underrated Vodka out there. Also don't let the price fool you.

"I don't have to use Michael Jackson's doctor if I wear his clothes, do I?"

I don't know what Bruce Campell would do, but I doubt if Ash would be caught dead in that outfit.

Kobe should sue the photag.

still going with 'It's a puffy shirt! I don't want to be a pirate!"

el guap - thanks man! Yeah - I'm controversial like that lol! (And I'll be sure to check out the Gvori - thanks for the tip.)

hobbit - LMAO!! BAD hobbit - BAD!!! (And BTW - I don't say this often enough to you but the arguments you put forth to back up your points are freaking awesome dude. I wish I was as eloquent in the "scourge the troll" department... Oh well - I make up for it in biting sarcasm and sneering derision. Don't need facts for that!)

LakerTom,

I have been waiting for this blog T-shirt as free not $ 5.77 per or $ 10. How many $ 5.77 have you contributed to this blog since you joined? What you're asking is just a compliment like a taste of 1% of MM salary lol! I don't mind his name printed at the back of the shirt: compliments of Mark Medina of LA Times. And if 200 of us wear this shirt and attend games at the Staples, can you imagine the promotional visibility of MM for an investment of less than $ 5,000. for all bloggers here. Lots of Korean shops here sell 5 shirts for $ 10 maybe a nice design plus new silk screen it will not be more than $ 3.50 each maximum.

How do we distribute these shirts? For those residing in LA, tell them to pick it up at a designated point near Staples. They have to declare their blog name and online address to get one shirt. (For example: I am Justanothermambafan, here is my email address, I'm petite at size 8) For out- of- town bloggers like Zaira send a corresponding shipping cost to MM and shirts will be mailed to them. Considering the state of economy of LAT, I still think they can afford to shell out T shirts as promotional giveaways or through their advertisers. Some bloggers may need additional orders, that's a new business venture. It is really about time.

LOL Edwin - let's just say I'm more petite than that!

JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN… “let's just say I'm more petite than that!”
LOL. 2-4-6-8, who do we appreciate? JustAnotherMambaFan.
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JEANETTE… Don’t let a stupid mean comment from a stupid mean troll rain on your parade. :-)
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TOM

Lakertom posted and is apparently working on....

"One question is do we want to wait until we win and have Karim make it a Lakers Blog Championship T or just a plain Lakers Blog T. Let me know what everybody thinks. We do have only 10 wins to go."

If it's a limited number of t-shirts, should go down the blog roster and let the real bloggers have priority......remember, during this time we have picked up many "bandwagon" fans....who are only Laker fans during the playoffs, during the good times........

RE: A Lakers blog t-shirt:

You may want to try and get a count of how many people would actually want and possibly pay for one before putting too much effort into it. I can't imagine the LA Times or Lakers picking up the tab for this but who knows.

Also, if it's going to represent the blog, instead of pics of the Lakers faces (since this type of shirt is available right now), perhaps a shirt of faces of people consisting of male, female, white, black, Hispanic, Asian, European, etc would exemplify the blog, with the previously mentioned LA Lakers Blog writing and maybe something on the back as well.

Anyway, just a thought.

If it's a limited number of t-shirts, should go down the blog roster and let the real bloggers have priority.
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Who is to decide who the 'real' bloggers are?
If you are going to do this you can't not let people get one who want one.
I mean, well, you can I guess, but is that really the spirit of this blog?
Anyone who posts on the blog should be just as allowed to have one as anyone else.

Damn it, this team is making me want it again.

"Also, if it's going to represent the blog, instead of pics of the Lakers faces (since this type of shirt is available right now), perhaps a shirt of faces of people consisting of male, female, white, black, Hispanic, Asian, European, etc would exemplify the blog,"
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Oh, and of course, a pic of a hobbit.

Yeah... umm... Kobe's a good looking guy and all... but... you know... I don't want to see that shoot again.

I'm almost positive it was Vanessa's idea. Had to be.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!

Send my shirt to Thailand.
There's some embroidery work I'll need to get done.
Not all LaTimes Laker Blog fans are Laker fans.
Know whattam sayin'?

Sonnybelfast

Read Gladwell's 'Tipping Point'.

Let's say the shirt makes an appearance at Staples.
It sparks curiosity and excitement.
All of a sudden a demand is created because the image-obsessed sheep of Hollyweird (practically everyone) have 'just gotta have one'.
And, if there is a serious demand, someone (Mr. Tom perhaps, but someone) will provide, guaranteed.

Do you really want this board flooded, and possibly overwhelmed?

Sonnybelfast

Oh, just read the first post.

No, don't want to know the size. Just whether it is half empty, half full, or does your cup runneth over?

Sonnybelfast

The rabbit represents the remaining teams in the 2010 playoffs(and refs who have called T's on Kobe this season) Then the judge is Kobe.."Silly Rabbit no one is ruing the sweet 16 Lakers Championship!" So hop on out one by one as this repeat is done!

I'm a little late to the party, but my caption:

"Creamsicle anyone?"


The photoshops make me cry evertime I look at them. Everyone around me thinks I'm nuts!


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