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Yesterlook: Kwame's Media Mob

Perusing the archive of WaPo Kwame Brown photos is a strange, depressing task. The early pictures show so much hope, so much promise, so many young and optimistic smiles. Michael Jordan looks happy, but more than that, Kwame Brown looks happy. He jumps rope. He shakes hands. He visits D.C. tennis tournaments, grinning broadly. He poses with Doug Collins. He hangs out with Courtney Alexander. Courtney Alexander!

And he shows up at media day events, only to be surrounded by media members whose careers took a slightly more vertical path than Kwame himself. Look, it's David Aldridge! Rachel Nichols, too overjoyed to hide the feeling! And an equally euphoric Russ Thaler! All so young, all so innocent and happy, together, frozen in mid-answer, or mid-question, or mid-joking riposte, before Jordan got canned, before Gilbert and Caron arrived, before Washington Post Live and Nichols-to-ESPN and Kwame-to-nowhere, before my job consisted of trying to write enough words to justify posting a seven-year old photo.

The photo's by The Post's John McDonnell.

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 29, 2008; 2:28 PM ET
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that picture of rachel is going to have the net salivating.

Posted by: odessa steps magazine | May 29, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

odessa steps magazine: You are completely correct. The ordinarily demure Ms. Nichols--at least while on-air--doesn't usually allow herself to be photographed doing her best MJ impersonation, and while talking to Kwame to boot! Photo evidence is awesome.
Tongue-wag away, Ms. Nichols.

Posted by: Arlington Pimp | May 29, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Is that Rene Knott behind the cameraman? Is he still around? I used to love watching him in the early to mid-90s.

Posted by: BucktownSkinsFan | May 29, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Rachel wants to put her tongue around Kwame's ***k.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 29, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

wow thaler, put that picture on your fridge to inspire you to carve that meat!!!

Posted by: stick | May 29, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

One of the most surprising days of my life was the first time I saw Rachel Nichols on ESPN after having read and enjoyed her work in the Post. "She's hot!" I said. And I instantly regretted the fact that the Post didn't used to make photos of its reporters available. Now such photos are all over the Internet and Rachel's all over the Worldwide Leader. Excuse me while I sigh in nostalgia.

Posted by: Lindemann | May 29, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Jamie Mottram | May 29, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse


What's his membership # of the Kwame Brown fanclub? He obviously just signed up.

Posted by: Kim | May 29, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Some of us are old enough to remember the raven-haired Rachel Alexander when she used to appear on the Washington Post TV show on HTS.

Posted by: odessa steps magazine | May 29, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

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