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

May 5, 2010 | 11:55 am

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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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