Photo Caption Contest: Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher embrace during ring ceremony
Usually, I put together these caption posts when I notice a funny Lakers picture circulating on the Internet. This one, however, proves caption-worthy simply because of the emotion and body language Lakers guard Kobe Bryant shows toward longtime teammate Derek Fisher. It's a touching photo and it's part of a great collection The Times' Wally Skalij and Gary Friedman documented during the Lakers ring ceremony before their season-opening 112-110 victory Tuesday over the Houston Rockets.
"This next guy I'm going to bring out, I'm not sure if you guys know who he is," Fisher said, tongue in cheek, in the video below. "He doesn't do very much to help us at all, he kind of just runs up and down the court, plays defense every now and then, shoots up a couple shots every now and then, but in some kind of way he figures out how to will us to be the best year in and year out. His passion, his tenacity, the world's best basketball player, Mr. Kobe Bryant."
Bryant and Fisher then hugged. Bryant patted Fisher on the back, smiled, put a hand on his shoulder and then clasped his hand.
"It's special and you know about the bond that we share," Bryant said afterward. "For him to bring me out means a lot."
Bryant is correct in that the strong relationship between the two has been well documented. They played together as rookies in 1996 and the relationship flourished such that Bryant shared during the NBA Finals that Fisher's the only one on the team that he truly listens to, while Fisher stressed that his relationship with Bryant became the main factor in re-signing this off-season with the Lakers.
So this contest isn't so much about funny punch lines and zingers, so much as the sentiments you draw from this photo. The best caption will be featured in Thursday's links post.
-- Mark Medina
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Photo: Kobe Bryant prepares to give point guard Derek Fisher a hug after Fisher introduced the Lakers' All-Star guard during the ring ceremony on Tuesday night at Staples Center. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times