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Scope These Polaroids from the 2005/2006 NBA All-Star Games

One-of-a-kind photos of 21-year-old LeBron James and 24-year-old Dwayne Wade

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SarahJacobs ONE37pmStaff H3A0188
March 13, 2019

Back in 2006, the NBA's 55th All-Star Game was being played at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. The East team included the then 21-year-old LeBron James, who nabbed 29 points and became the youngest player to win MVP—and Dwyane Wade was also on the court playing alongside James. Big names such as Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant were on the West team.

 

Getty photographer Jesse D. Garrabrant was also on the scene, photographing some of the players with a Polaroid camera—something he had done the previous year at the MSG Training Facility in Tarrytown, New York, with that year’s group of rookies.

 

What makes Garrabrant’s photos of these NBA all-stars and rookies so special is the gear and technique he used to capture these guys. His use of the Polaroid transfers creates a truly unique image, that when printed, has natural imperfections—the dye transfer sometimes spotty and colors slightly muted. The end result is thoughtful portraits of some of NBA’s biggest legends.

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Dwyane Wade, 2006, then #3 of the Miami Heat / Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

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Steve Nash, 2006, then #13 of the Phoenix Suns / Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

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Kobe Bryant, 2006, then #8 of the Los Angeles Lakers / Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

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LeBron James, 2006, then #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers / Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

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Tracy McGrady, 2006, then #1 of the Houston Rockets / Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

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Allen Iverson, 2006, then #3 of the Philadelphia 76ers / Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

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Andre Iguodala, 2006, then #9 of the Philadelphia 76ers / Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

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Dwight Howard, 2006, then #12 of the Orlando Magic / Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

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Andrew Bogut, 2006, then #6 of the Milwaukee Bucks / Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

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Ray Allen, 2006, then #34 of the Seattle Supersonics / Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

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Chauncey Billups, 2006, then #1 of the Detroit Pistons / Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

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Marvin Williams, 2005, of the Atlanta Hawks / Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

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Chris Paul, 2005, of the New Orleans Hornets / Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

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Hakim Warrick, 2005, of the Memphis Grizzlies / Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

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Joey Graham, 2005, of the Toronto Raptors / Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

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Louis Williams, 2005, of the Philadelphia 76ers / Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

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Luther Head, 2005, of the Houston Rockets / Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

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Monta Ellis, 2005, of the Golden State Warriors / Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

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Nate Robinson, 2005, of the New York Knicks / Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

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Andray Blatchem, 2005, of the Washington Wiazards / Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

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Rashad McCants, 2005, of the Minnesota Timberwolves / Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

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Wayne Simien, 2005, of the Miami Heat / Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

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Martell Webster, 2005, of the Portland Trail Blazers / Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

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Gerald Green, 2005, of the Boston Celtics / Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

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Julius Hodge, 2005, of the Denver Nuggets / Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

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Daniel Ewing, 2005, of the Los Angeles Clippers / Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

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Marvin Williams, 2005, of the Atlanta Hawks / Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

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David Lee, 2005, of the New York Knicks / Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

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Louis Williams, 2005, of the Philadelphia 76ers / Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

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Ersan Ilyasova, 2005, of the Milwaukee Bucks / Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

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Francisco Garcis, 2005, of the Sacramento Kings / Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

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