Fun With Media Day Portraits

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Gerald Wallace
Amidst the death rattle of the complex Carmelo trade (that would have netted us a legit starting point guard), the Bobcats began training camp with Media Day on Monday.

Media Day is a chance for the team to herd all the players together in order to take pictures, film video promos and bumpers for broadcasts, and give the local media ammo for puff pieces.  Maybe ammo isn’t the best choice of words…

Anyways, the best part of Media Day is the often ridiculous pictures that get taken.  The Bobcats official site has a quick gallery of some behind-the-scenes candids that probably deserves its own post (check out #13 featuring an inexplicable Stephen Jackson pose and #14 with an unfortunately chunky-appearing Sherron Collins), but what I’m more interested in are the portraits taken by the Charlotte Observer’s Jeff Siner, available here.

Portraits like these are inherently awkward; there’s a reason we gasp at our old school photos and snicker at others “Glamour Shots”.  The fact that these are grown-ass men in tank tops just makes it all the more awkward.

Lets go through these one by one.  Up above is Gerald Wallace — nothing to snark at here.  A solid photo befitting of the heart, soul and face of the franchise.  One of the few pleasures of being a Bobcats fan has been watching Gerald Wallace grow not just as a player but also as a professional comfortable with being promoted as the face of the franchise.

Jack

Stephen Jackson:  Again, nothing to snark at here, except for that souvenir ball from the team store.  Would it have killed them to use a game ball?  Also, note the not-so-subtle change to the collars on the jersey this year (compare to last years in the website banner above).  I’m guessing the all-orange is supposed to “pop” more or something like that.

DJ

DJ Augustin:  The likely starter at point guard gets the old “gimme a smile and a circus pass” treatment.  Probably also had to add “the trade fell through, you’re still the starter!” to get that smile.  Again, that ball — the UPC barcode is a nice touch.  Also a good look at the side vents showing the new material being used in NBA jerseys this year (click here for more on that).

Diaw

Boris Diaw:  Jeff Siner is truly a skilled photographer — Boris doesn’t even look fat in this pose!  Orange glow makes its first appearance in a big way.

Nazr

Nazr Mohammed:  Last year, Nazr morphed into a surprisingly competent solution at the 5 for the Bobcats.  This year, he’s apparently morphing into Lt. Worf.  Seriously, Naz, what’s going on with the forehead there?

Diop

Gana Diop:  Borrows the generic “big man pose” from Nazr, adds the orange mood lighting, and unsurprisingly managing to come off looking way more goofy.  Did we ever decide if Gana is Joey Crawford’s Avatar?

Derrick Brown

Derrick Brown:  Looks like he’s posing for a football card.  Could probably give the Panthers a lift at QB, come to think of it.

Gerald Henderson

Gerald Henderson:  Looks way too nice here.  Really needs to pose (and play) with an edge this year.  Maybe should have gone with Blue Steel.

Najera

Eduardo Najera:  Is anyone else getting a “Mexican Don Draper” vibe here?  Love the throwback dribbling posture — go get the ball out of the peach basket now.

Livingston

Shaun Livingston:  Skinniest arms in the NBA?  Skinniest arms in the NBA.  Also, is the clever arm positioning covering up the fact that he doesn’t have a number yet?

Crittendon

Javaris Crittendon:  If I was Jeff Siner, I would have printed out a couple of different pictures for Javaris, then placed them on a chair by his locker with a note that said “Pick One.”  I’m sure he’d think it was funny.

Ty Thomas

Tyrus Thomas:  I saved the best for last.  I love this photo — no joke.  Perfectly captures the potential that Thomas has.  Reminds me a bit of the famous 40 Year Old Virgin movie poster, with the innocence.  Now Tyrus the dude is no innocent — he’s had his share of professional indiscretions.  But his game is kinda raw and innocent.  Let’s hope he is as earnest as he appears to be in this picture when it comes to reaching his potential as a player this year.

Again, check out the full gallery of Jeff Siner’s photos at the Charlotte Observer’s website.

-Dr. E

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7 Responses to “Fun With Media Day Portraits”

  1. Cardboard Gerald
    September 28, 2010 at 11:48 pm #

    We had pretty similar reactions. Tyrus’ photo was my favorite as well.
    Some notes:
    – I must thank you for completing the bridge connecting Najera to Don Draper. It was on the tip of my tongue but I just couldn’t make the connection.
    – Did you get the vibe that Henderson is about to do jazz hands in his picture?
    – I had forgotten Diop’s unintentional hilarity until I saw that face
    – Is it just me or does Nazr look younger? Maybe it’ll work on the court too [wishful thinking...]
    – I’m a little saddened Matt wasn’t featured. His picture pretty much shows why I like him.

  2. Deesdale
    September 29, 2010 at 3:36 am #

    I actually think Tyrus is dreaming about that Jordan Brand deal he could get if he kicks it up a notch.

    <img src="http://www.bobcatsbaseline.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/tyrus.jpg"&gt;

  3. Cardboard Gerald
    September 29, 2010 at 6:36 am #

    Here's some pictures from media days long ago-

    Gerald Wallace in a pimp outfit from 2003 – http://bit.ly/c9xK0o

    Sean May, Raymond Felton, Emeka Okafor's goofy self, and Adam Morrison's awkward self – http://bit.ly/d5cePy

  4. SkidNsnaP
    September 29, 2010 at 6:42 am #

    I think Livingston has a number already. From the other media day photos, I saw him wearing #2.

  5. ASChin
    September 30, 2010 at 8:56 am #

    When I look at the Tyrus pic I immediately hear the low pitched “hmmmm” of a soul choir as their voices rise in a rousing rendition of “God Bless The Child” (theme from “Roc”).

    By far, the Najera pic is the best. Love the Draper comment. He actually looks like a throwback player from the “Pre-Other Races” Era of 1950s. Dolph Schayes would approve.
    Oh, and he also looks like a guy in his mid-40s. Nice trade MJ.

    As for the opening comments on Gerald. Couldn’t have said it any better myself. The single best part of being a Cats fan thus far has been watching Crash develop. Anybody realize that Gerald has been the Bobcats almost as long as Muggsy and Dell were with the Hornets?

  6. Link Building
    November 19, 2010 at 1:16 am #

    Dreamin. I love blogging. You all express your feelings the right way, because they are your feeling, focus on your blog it is great.

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