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Video Caption Contest: Kobe Bryant posterizes LeBron James in 2011 NBA All-Star game

February 21, 2011 | 12:49 pm

There's no need to offer up a prize for this contest. Readers of The Times' Lakers blog would write a caption for this even if it wasn't asked of them.

But for the sake of making things easier and to invite all the creativity that surrounds the comment threads, I encourage everyone to write their best caption to Kobe Bryant's posterizing dunk over LeBron James in the 2011 NBA All-Star game.

I found Bryant's two-handed dunk perfectly epitomized his want to stake his dominance in the All-Star game, securing a fourth All-Star MVP after scoring 37 points on 14 of 26 shots and hauling in 14 rebounds. It also provides the perfect image for Lakers fans to point to (aside from the five rings, of course) to illustrate why Bryant's better than James. Don't get carried away too much. James had a triple-double, after all, and proved instrumental in the East slicing what was a 17-point deficit to enter the fourth quarter.

You've likely glossed over, forgotten about and perhaps rolled your eyes at the latter two sentences, so I'll just cut to the chase. If your caption proves among the best, it will be presented in Tuesday's links post. I'll let Bryant provide a few ideas by featuring his explanation of the play itself.

"That was funny, actually, because I saw it coming and I wanted to see if I could avoid the LeBron chasedown," Bryant said. "But I told him afterwards, 'If I had tried to go over the rim, like get up, he probably would have blocked it with his armpit. So I just tried to be quick and just tried to time it up just the right way and I managed to do it. I kind of snuck it by him."

-- Mark Medina

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