Today was NBA media day, a mostly useless exercise where players and coaches trot out the most optimistic of cliches for the season ahead. The answers are so predictable that one blog went so far as to create a media day bingo card. On the plus side, media day is also when players pose for all sorts of weird photos for a variety of promotional purposes. Below is a selection of the coolest photos we could find from across the league.

Jared Cunningham, Los Angeles Clippers (Jeff Gross/Getty)

Dwight Howard, Houston Rockets (Scott Halleran/Getty)

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Marco Belinelli, San Antonio Spurs (Eric Gay/AP)

Patric Young, New Orleans Pelicans (Gerald Herbert/AP)

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Monta Ellis, Dallas Mavericks (LM Otero/AP)

Nerlens Noel, Philadelphia 76ers (Matt Slocum/AP)

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John Wall, Paul Pierce, and Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

Pero Antic and Dominique Wilkins, Atlanta Hawks (David Goldman/AP)

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George Hill, Indiana Pacers (AJ Mast/AP)

Zaza Pachulia, Milwaukee Bucks (Morry Gash/AP)

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Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics (Elise Amendola/AP)

Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks (LM Otero/AP)

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Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs (Eric Gay/AP)

Did you see any great photos today that we missed? If so, drop them in the comments below.

Header photo via Mark Duncan/AP