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Jerryd Bayless publicity shot likely to blow your mind

This imaginative, abstract photo of Blazers first round pick Jerryd Bayless has us wondering what direction the NBA is headed with these publicity shots.

They’ve certainly taken it up a notch here in terms of creativity and certainly have us believing he was on an actual court when this was taken.  We say genius.

But just what are they trying to convey here with this artistic shot, shrouded in mystery and intrigue?

Here’s what we came up with:

  • This is Bayless pretending he’s Bob Cousy in 1953, going for the realistic ‘invisible basket, finger-roll of destiny’ look
  • He’s pretending this picture is for a shitty, budget-conscious yearbook
  • The photographer asked him to pretend he’s playing in outer space
  • He’s a thinking man’s player, reciting Shakespeare to one very lucky basketball
  • This is his first date with an official NBA basketball and he’s making it consume his irresistible, dreamy eyes
  • This is actually just a Fathead of Bayless stuck to a remarkably spotless wall
  • It’s just an awful pose that is mere moments away from being applied to one of those ridiculously cheesy posters, where he is on planet BlazeTron finger-rolling Mars
  • He’s giving the NBA ball that dreaded physical, and asking it to cough with his eyes


  1. Stonehands

    July 22, 2008 at 11:56 am

    Doesn’t the NBA have like, a lot of money? This was taken at Sears right before little Jimmy sat on the stupid blue chair.

  2. Casey

    July 22, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    Bayless spells his first name with an “e”, as in “Jerryd.” Maybe his parents compromised between naming him Jerry and Jared.

  3. BlazersBlog

    July 22, 2008 at 2:14 pm

    It’s spelled Jerryd.

  4. Von Kaiser

    July 22, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    BlazersBlog really getting into it! Hey buddy, slow down there.

  5. zen wizard

    July 22, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    I think it is going to be an, “Alas, poor Yorick!” Hamlet soliloquy with the basketball as a substitute for the skull.

  6. sho-ryu-ken

    July 23, 2008 at 8:37 am


    looks like the roof of the sistine chapel:

  7. saucy

    July 23, 2008 at 10:12 pm

    I think he just posed once for both the photographer and the T shirt sketch artist who was off to the right.

  8. StrictlyBizz

    September 25, 2008 at 11:07 pm

    He took the pic after we had a terrible fight and he was passionately apologizing to the ball, pretending it was me =)

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