Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Lebron James Should Participate in the Slam Dunk Contest

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LeBron James owes his fans one shot at the NBA Slam Dunk Contest. All of the all-time greats have participated in this contest. James even told TNT analyst, Cheryl Miller, in 2009 he would enter the dunk contest, only to back out months later. Perhaps James doesn't view himself as an all-time great; illustrated by his recent tweet below:

Is Lebron James simply afraid? I believe he is.  James feels he has everything to lose and nothing to gain.  The last time James participated in a dunk contest was before the  McDonald's All-American Game in 2003 when he edged out Shannon Brown and Von Wafer.  

For those who watched the contest, it was pretty obvious James did not deserve the win. The contest was held in Cleveland and James was the overwhelming crowd favorite. James even admitted looking back on it, he was the home town star and was probably given the nod.

James has always been self conscious of his image.  He even wears a double headband to hide his receding hair line. The complete media fall-out of " The Decision" and him proclaiming himself a champion before winning a title, made him one of the most hated players in the league.  LeBron James does not want to be the villain; it's not his personality. 

Perhaps James thinks he will blow it and lose to a Kennith Faried or some other lesser known player? James could win the contest on presence alone.  Maybe, he could use John Lucas III as one of his props.  I would pay to see James leap over him again.

King James needs to participate in the contest.  Michael Jordan, Dominique Wilkins, Julius Erving, Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, Vince Carter and other all-time great players, capable of an aerial assault, have willingly participated and won the dunk contest. 

LeBron James, reportedly, has interest in participating in the Three-Point Shooting Contest. Please. Step up to the plate and enter the dunk contest.  

James is arguably the most athletic gifted players we have ever seen, and with his creativity, I believe he could put on a show at the dunk contest. 

Win or lose: a dunk contest featuring Lebron James, could be potentially a once in a lifetime viewing experience. 

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  1. James said himself today that hes more of an ingame dunker. Not everyone is a competition dunker. I give James props for recognizing his limits. Do you really want to see him win a contest he shouldn't win? Who wants that? No one.

    I dont think he's creative enough to do the contest justice. Sure he jumps high and dunks hard..but he's not a showy dunker.

  2. James could win on presence alone. I disagree, James is creative enough to come up with a dunk or he could simply replicate a dunk of the past. Its all about selling the dunk and how you look performing the dunk. I remember the participants took the Slam Dunk Contest seriously and there wasn't any goofing around,and so many props. Like Nike says, "Just Do It."