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

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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Yeah Princess Jimmy you may be able to Riverdance but dance on this Princess!!!

'Hey Fella...don't walk away so fast,
been waitin' all night to get my hands on your ass'

Sonnybelfast

Now Sonny, you know that's beneath you my brother!

I know, I know, it's basically the same thing I said!!!

The King bares 'witness' of the lethal strike of the Black Mamba.

"Hey Lebron, lets see you hide this footage"

Love how mamba slowed up just a tad going downcourt, looks like he's considering making the pass to throw off the princess. Then, he strikes. Beautiful.

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johnnynav21: "Hey Lebron, lets see you hide this footage"
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ROFL!

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LakerTom, Laker J: Yeah, I was kind of wishful thinking there, hoping the Lakers could put together a starting froncourt duo of Drew and Howard. But you guys are right, that's probably the only way they could do a sign-and-trade, including Drew.

Looking at the future though, assembling a team that could contest through this decade, Pau would be turning 32 while Drew would just be entering his prime at 25. Perhaps Pau/Howard would form a better-fitting tandem since Pau could operate in the high post, lets hope so if it happens.

Personally, I see Drew having a better scoring touch/better low-post moves than Howard. He has such a light touch for a big-man, so light on his shot. Howard is a great defensive player, no doubt, but Drew is no slouch on the defensive end. I can see Drew becoming the undisputed dominant center in the league in his prime, he's almost there now despite all his time spent recovering from injuries the past couple years.

The fact that the Nuggets would trade Carmelo for Drew in essentially a one-for-one trade and do so in a second, while not happy to accept a boat-load of guys and draft picks from either the Knicks or Nets speaks volumes. I've seen a number of talking-heads from the networks say the Lakers shouldn't make that trade either. The only thing that worries me about Drew is his health. Healthy Drew > all other centers in a couple years.

http://sports.yahoo.com/video/player/nba/Y_Sports_NBA_Coverage/24258868
In this video, it looks like Kobe not only is implanting the thought of coming to L.A. into Dwights head, but near the end Howard talks up how much he enjoys L.A. and appreciates the fans. Interesting stuff, but no doubt Howard would LOVE to play in media-center L.A.

For age and future-dynasty reasons alone I would love to see Bynum/Howard but yeah, reality is probably aligned against that ever happening.


AS ALWAYS - AND FOREVER - GO LAKERS!!!!!!

BTW Laker J, I just think my GM skills are, uh, refined. Deandre Jordan I bet is so mad right now, he's going to bring his A+ game and prove to you that me and the one other guy on earth that have him on their squad is right about his game!

Kobe: "You can't touch this, young man!"

Nicely framed Mr. K,

I have long agreed with your assessment.
It applies not only to Socal, but throughout our poor state.
However, bare witness to the fact that there
are plenty of Socal homegrown twerps,
some of whom contribute to this board.

(Actually...there goes one now!)

If you're going to demand the credit,
you should be willing to accept the hits...
especially when they are right on target.

And you know...living in L.A.,
for some reason,
you've always got to be the biggest, the most, and the best...
or at least think you have convinced everyone else you are.

But I know better.

Go Kings!

Sonnybelfast

TidalWave - I'm with you 100%. See my post at 12:15.

Posted by: LRob | February 21, 2011 at 12:42 PM


When I opened the blog I started reading the "Fox Sports' Jason Whitlock" and I didn't notice your comment. But yeah I agree.

Since the Cleveland game I haven't been paying attention to the media, but after yesterday is curious how some media react to Kobe.

"A Dunk for the Punk"

OK, OK, OK...if you're going to press me on it!
He's at home, it's the All-Star game, and he's so damn old...
Do you really, I MEAN DO YOU REALLY THINK
he'd have gotten even close to that basket in a real game?
They'd have to bring out a stretcher if he tried...
and even Kobe...is not that stupid...I don't think.

Sonnybelfast


Im taking my talents to the hole!!!

OK, OK, OK...if you're going to press me on it!
He's at home, it's the All-Star game, and he's so damn old...
Do you really, I MEAN DO YOU REALLY THINK
he'd have gotten even close to that basket in a real game?
They'd have to bring out a stretcher if he tried...
and even Kobe...is not that stupid...I don't think.

Sonnybelfast

Sonny, don't try to convince US, convince Doc Rivers...he's the idiot who inexplicably double- and triple-teamed that "damn old" Kobe down the stretch. I didn't see anybody on our side double-teaming LeBron (or anybody else for that matter). Wassup wit dat?

"Whoops!!! Ya missed it by that much. I guess one of us is a step slow..."

I don't think Pop was trying to wear Kobe out. I think he likes to win and the East was coming back. Who better than the best closer in the game? The proof... who won? Kobe drew the double/triple team and he got it to the open guy for the W. Pop, over the years, has expressed the utmost respect for Kobe. I think he is a great coach and I would be psyched if he ends up in LA after Phil rides off into the sunset ... Pop is a coach that Kobe would respect. I would love to see us get Sloan as well… Neither of these scenarios are very likely… ;-)

Hopes for the second half:
1. We get lots of wins and secure second place in the West.
2. We rest Kobe and Pau as much as possible (to keep them fresh for the real season) by blowing-out teams early and often. I don’t like close games. Heart disease runs in my family… ;-)
3. Lamar continues his consistent play.
4. Drew makes us all shut up about Dwight! I would love to see that – he has all of the tools, support, etc. to be the most dominant player in the league!
5. Fish, Brown and Blake start hitting their shots on a more consistent basis – and start stopping other guards from shooting the lights out.
6. Ron gets his head out of his rectum and starts playing B-ball like we know he can.
7. Pau remains aggressive.
8. We get Barnes back and the Killer B’s go on the attack!
9. Theo comes in and plays some quality minutes to keep our “bigs” healthy.
10. Ebanks and Caracter get some playing time. We may end up needing them at some point. It would be nice if they had more experience.
11. Mamba24 continues doing roll call and bringing the positive energy to this blog.
12. Threepeat!!! I hope it’s against the Celtics and all of them are healthy. Kobe and Fish get 6. Kobe gets another Finals MVP (ties Mike, 1 more than Magic and 2 more than Shaq). The Lakers get 17. Phil gets 12. We get the thrill of victory and an off-season of great memories (plus bragging rights with all of my friends who are Celtic fans… ;-) I guess beating the Heat would be fun as well… Everybody hates them. I’m good either way… ;-)

I am a Lakerholic.

Glen Wyatt!!! TFF (Too F'n Funny)!!!

"Sonny, don't try to convince US, convince Doc Rivers...he's the idiot who inexplicably double- and triple-teamed that "damn old" Kobe down the stretch. I didn't see anybody on our side double-teaming LeBron (or anybody else for that matter). Wassup wit dat?

Posted by: CornerJ | February 21, 2011 at 02:02 PM "

It'd be easier to criticize Rivers if that method hadn't been effective. It went from a blowout to a nailbiter very quickly. If anything, Doc probably should have started focusing on Kobe earlier.

King...ME!!

have u people even played basketball? Lakers aren't playing they are playing along. relax already. dayum i hate the laker announcers. i get so irritated listening to meyers that prick .

Kobe wanted that 4th MVP and took it, literally!

Roni, haha I don't think I've met anyone that likes Meyers.

As a laker fan down here in the miami/ft lauderdale area i love it that a laker kobe took the mvp for the all star game.Looks like the black mamba's not quite ready to hand the rains over to the younger players yet.He obviously still has a little poison left in those fangs nice to see him with a little hops in his game still there nice dunks especially the one on Lebron love it.Looking for the screen saver on that one there for the old computer.Anybody have it let me know.

Here's to a great second half of the season.Hope we can still make a small trade and add a small piece for the streach run.But we'll see how that goes.

Go Lakers!

Put this in your mental notes

LeBron: This is Kobe, in his own house, and too many people already hate me. If he can still get up and drop it, fine. He's earned the right.

LRob - to me, that's the hands-down winner!!

Put this in your mental notes.

HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

Sup everyone!

Busy busy with finally a minute to post.

The AS weekend was.... ok.... although it had it's hightlights!

1. Kobe winning the ASG MVP!
2. Kobe dunking on the little princess.
3. Kobe dunking - period! Runway 8 was open for business LOL.
4. The green weeners losing the 3-point contest.
5. The rounds of boo's anytime anyone green stepped on the court.

The stain on the weekend, aside from the ridiculous over-the-top commentary, was the pre-determination that Griffen was gonna take the dunk contest. The other guys were robbed out of a fair shot. And any one of them had a legitimate claim to the win - even moreso than Griffen IMO. But whatever.... toast Griffen... yadda yadda yadda..... the jury's still out on him in my books. Let's see him win when it matters. Then we'll talk.

Meanwhile - celebrate the Black Mamba! Kobe Bean Bryant is now - as he has been - greatness in our midst. Don't miss the opportunity to enjoy it!

You call that a poster dunk? LMAO, Lebron tried to get him from behind and Kobe beat him to the rim. Kobe has dunked on plenty of people and this wouldnt even be in his top 50. It was a meaningless two points in a meaningless game as laker fan likes to point out, we didnt see anybody dunking over anybody on Christmas day. Lets get back to the meaningless regular season and stop getting excited about meaningless allstar exhibitions!!!

It'd be easier to criticize Rivers if that method hadn't been effective. It went from a blowout to a nailbiter very quickly. If anything, Doc probably should have started focusing on Kobe earlier.

Posted by: Bay to LA | February 21, 2011 at 02:22 PM

Bay to LA, your post isn't as brilliant as you think it is. You actually reinforce my (tongue in cheek) point. Namely, that Kobe is STILL so quick, so BB smart, and so effective that he (and he ALONE of all the AllStars) required a double/triple team, and SHOULD have been so defended even earlier. Sonny's comment was absurd and demonstrably incorrect, and Doc Rivers confirmed it.

"My guess is that this won't be on LebrESPN?"

Speaking of which, did you all see the rest of the TNT crew impaling that idiot Barkley on his claim that Kobe is done!?

Barkley knows almost nothing about basketball (& is a constant Kobe hater), and I am always bewildered why he has any credibility as a commentator. His career was built on his gigantic bulk advantage and the back-it-in-until the clock runs out, which is why they have the rule against it, now informally called the 5 second "Barkley Rule".

Suck it, South Beotch!

Lebron isn't a winner. To be a winner you have to have won.something

Wow these are all pretty good. It's going to be hard to choose a winner

TrollTheGreat
You must be one of those people who have never played basketball. Lebron is a loser, Kobe is a winner. It doesn't matter who else is on the team, Kobe won, Lebron lost. All star game, Kobe won the game and the mvp. Championship, Kobe won the game and the mvp. Lebron will probably win the league mvp and then watch Kobe walk away with a 3-peat. Winners get trophies, loser make excuses.

"Done! I don't see no stinkin' done!"

LAkerholic - good stuff

Ron gets his head out of his rectum and starts playing B-ball like we know he can. -- Ron is our dog, when we get into a dogfight, he will wake up and bear his teeth, so Pau and Lamar can play easy.

We get Barnes back and the Killer B’s go on the attack! - Barnes is hugely important to our rotation

Theo comes in and plays some quality minutes to keep our “bigs” healthy. -- Agreed why not let him play 3 minutes per half??

Ebanks and Caracter get some playing time. We may end up needing them at some point. It would be nice if they had more experience. --agreed I say put Ebanks on some speedy guard for an experiment and sit fish, and let Kobe play the other guard.

I remember whena young Kirilenko shut down Kobe like 5 or 6 years ago. AK47 was like a cheap suit all over Kobe (who went like 3 for 19). Let ebanks play some Defense on Tony Parker or Manu, or CP#, or Jason Kidd...its about time the Walton replacement cut his teeth

Ebanks defense > (more useful than) Walton's offense

Jeez Trollthegreat - you don't know jack about baskeball or Lakers history - go back under your bridge.

"Try to catch up but you can't"

@ TrolltheGreat
Sorry we doubted your knowledge of basketball. We were distracted by all the ignorant things you were saying, like how you can somehow "Reassign" all of Kobe's rings to his frontcourt teammate, like he doesn't deserve it.

By the way, I have as many rings as LeBron.

@ TrolltheGreat
Sorry we doubted your knowledge of basketball. We were distracted by all the ignorant things you were saying, like how you can somehow "Reassign" all of Kobe's rings to his frontcourt teammate, like he doesn't deserve it.

By the way, I have as many rings as LeBron.

I am trying to figure out why Lakers fan's think this is a poster? Lebron chased him down from behind. He was not under the rim and got dunked on. Thus it is not a poster. Not taking anything away from Kobe,but it was not anything near a poster.

In YO Face!!!! Princess Jimmmmmeee!!!!!!!

This in a series of podcasts from the club Rock Jihad which is on the second friday of the month in the basement to the International Bar Wicklow st.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.
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