To the frustration of many fans, especially during the early parts of his career, LeBron James has always teased about participating in the Dunk Contest (and of course, never signed up for the mid-season showcase.) Nine years in, the routine continues. From the Palm Beach Post: “Have you thought about finally entering the All-Star Slam Dunk contest? ‘I have thought about it before and a few times in the past I kind of had an ankle injury that kind of kept me out of it and a couple of times I was just like, ‘You know what, I’m going to go in here and rest my legs for this weekend and then get back to the regular season,’ James said. ‘But, I mean, they say a lot of the greats have done it and I’ve watched it over the years.’ A lot of the greats — Michael Jordan, Julius Erving, Clyde Drexler — have, and All-Star talents Vince Carter, Dwight Howard and Blake Griffin have participated in recent years. James even vowed to participate three years ago, then quietly backed out. ‘I don’t know, I’ll be on the fence every year about it,’ James said. ‘It’s always a fence year for me. I know they’re getting tired of me, though, so I’m not even going to start up nothing.’”