Thursday, February 2nd, 2012 at 9:30 am  |  37 responses

LeBron James ‘on the Fence’ About Taking Part in Dunk Contest

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.’”

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  • Kobester

    What the F are you talking about Lebron James…?

  • Justin G.

    I can’t blame James for this. I blame the reporters who keep asking about it although why doesn’t he just say “I’m not going in it” and be done with it? On the fence my a$$

  • Jerry

    The Dunk contest is horrid. Blake’s dunk over the car was marginally exciting compared to other dunks. The contest has lost its novelty and originality. At this point the dunk contest is nothing but a mere mirage of marketing, gimmicks, and media bias.

  • http://www.twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty

    Basically, “I won’t be doing it, but I won’t say no”. Thanks Bron.

  • MLK4Life

    Dude said he was going to be in it a few years ago and backed out. Not believing anything he says until he does it.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    he isnt doing anything, so he should just come out and say it. What I wanna know is, who’s going to do it this year?

  • David Moore

    I think he should definitely do it this year, being that it’s in Orlando and the Magic kinda sucks this year. It can be a Miami takeover – James Jones repeats as 3point champ, LeBron takes the dunk contest, and one of the three “Heatles” wins ASG MVP.

  • http://www.fullc0urtpress.com K.Holiday

    Do it LBJ and jump over John Lucas and his pops! That’s gotta be more impressive than jumping over the hood of a Kia right?

  • GK

    He should have done it 5 years and 30 pounds ago.

  • bike

    Like he has said in the past–everything that can be done has been done in the contest. The only thing that changes is the props and costumes. Dwight and Nate created the immature gimmicky dunk contest era and now nothing is left.

  • Ismael

    Yeah LBJ, all the great ones did the slam dunk challenge and of course you aren’t one of the great ones so it’s cool your not entering. Plus we only want you to join so we can see you loose.

  • robb

    He clearly said he didn’t consider himself a creative dunker, and that’s why he’s never been part of the contest. I can understand that, but sometimes I just think Lebron overthinks everything too much. He should just let it go and do it you know? just use your instincts more, go for it in the 4th quarter, go for that slam dunk trophy, if you don’t succeed it’s OK but do it, everybody will respect that

  • bandwagonpg

    we can’t possibly still be talking about this, it’s never going to happen

  • angus

    it is a travesty that lebron has never been in a dunk contest, dood could put his name in the top 3 dunkers of all time if he would just do it. lebron vs blake with cp3 throwin lobs to both of them = best dunk contest ever!

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher


  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance dfrance21

    I’m kinda glad Lebron has never done it. It leaves the mystique of what could have been. Everyone was hype for Shannon “Let Shannon Dunk” Brown to enter the contest and he stunk the joint up. Blake is exciting as ever in the game, but he was pretty wack in the contest. Other than the car dunk I can’t remember anything he did. Javale should have won. In terms of original dunks, the ONLY thing I think that is left to do is that between both legs dunk from NBA Live a bunch of years back and I don’t think it can be done.

  • robb

    @dfrance http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYCPGi4hvLg. All great dunks but go to the 1:22 mark.

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    ^Throw the ball up, like the pseudo – jump shot lob that they do. (Isiah Rider was the best ever at that)
    On the catch, they go through the legs.
    That would be interesting.

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    Or, jump over someone while going through the legs.
    That would be crazy.
    Or, two hands from the foul line…

  • thor

    Dfrance21@ come on now, yes maybe Blake underachieved in the the dunk contest but to say that he was wack is just follish. He did a tomahawk 360 of of one leg, an elbow allyoop of the class and some windmill stuff of the side of the backboard. He missed on a couple of tries and that set him a little bit, but believe me, he will kill it if he comes back this year. the man just have more style and more power than Javale. But I wish they would just give them a basketball ask them to make a dunk with what they have got and call it a night. Why does everything have to be so extraordinary all the time?

  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance dfrance21

    Vince has done two hands from the foul line. Jason Richardson(who I think is the best contest participant after Vince) has done the lob and catch between the legs. Hell he did off the backboard between the legs.

    Thor, maybe wack was too strong, because I can’t do any of it, but I really wasn’t impressed with any of those dunks. They have all been done before. I feel like at least Javale tried to do stuff we’ve never seen. I thought the two hoop dunk should have won it alone.

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    Vince didn’t do it from the line…

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    Forgot about Richardson.

  • Joe

    Ideas for New All Star Weekend

    Ben Wallace v Kwame Brown in HORSE…no dunking

    Battle of the Brian’s: Scalabrine and Cardinal One on One…. dunks worth 5 points

    Dunk Contest: James, Westbrook, Griffin, Rose, Brandon Jennings, Derrick Williams, John Wall… $1,000,0000 (adidas, gatorade and some cell phone company put up the loot) prize, winner take all…American judges every dunk via internet and smart phone, no scorecard judges, do it like X games big air, 15 mins running time, you go out do your dunk, u miss go to the back of the line, get as many rotations in as possible when buzzer sounds finish that rotation. Take top 3 dunks and average them, top 3 dunkers move on to a final round

    3 on 3

    Kobe, D Williams and Howard

    Durant, Rubio and Love

    Anthony, CP3 and Amare

    Wade, Wall and Aldridge

    Round Robin to 21, 1s and 2s, win by 2

  • robb

    I wasn’t impressed by Javale McGee at all. DeRozan had better dunks. That two hoop dunk put me to sleep. And Vince didn’t dunk it from the line. Not with one hand, not with two. Somebody call James White wherever he is.

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    How about clearing basketball racks from the foul line? That would be something.

  • Rik Smits Mullet

    last year was actually quite okay.
    the 3 years nate robinson won the dunk contest were the worst in years.
    originality down the drain galore.
    lebron is my favorite player. But he has no creativity in his dunks only power. So i dont really like to see him in the dunk contest.

    Demar derozan did his thing though last year. i liked his dunks a lot.

  • http://bedotwater.bandcamp.com BE.water

    Derozan should have been in the finals the past 2 years.

  • MLK4Life

    LeBron was basic in the All-American high school dunk contest. The reason he won was his power and elevation. He wouldn’t be good. The guys who actually jumped from the free throw line? Brent Barry and Serge Ibaka. LeBron missed his opportunity. Should have done it while he was smaller (first couple of seasons). Imagine if he lost to some guy who will never even be on an All-Star team. His ego would take a hit and those who dislike him would tease him even more about what he hasn’t done.

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    How about performing a real front flip while dunking?

  • LP

    as CRAZY as this may sound to you casual fans, Lebron doesn’t jump nearly as high as he used to…4 years ago, he wouldn’t have even touched JOhn lucas and he probably hits his eyebrow on the rim…DONT ENTER LEBRON.

  • robb

    I remember when Lebron was still in Cleveland, he went up for a rebound against the Blazers and his shoulder was at the rim level. Crazy stuff.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5k1jx3r4y1E dfrance21

    I think he’s getting it back tho. He seemed to have slimmed down a little from the last two seasons and the explosiveness is getting back to where it used to be. But you’re right, those early Cleveland days he was chin level with the rim easy.

  • http://www.fullc0urtpress.com K.Holiday

    @LP, I agree with you…. The explosion and ease Lebron used to flush with on the break doesn’t come as easy anymore… He’s still leaps and bounds ahead of his counterparts as far as his athletic ability, but he’s definitely shown signs of slowing down.

  • shuref00t

    Of course LeBron’s going to deny it to a puny news outlet like the Palm Beach Post! He’s saving his announcement to enter the dunk contest for the nationally televised press conference on ESPN. Duh!

  • ai come back

    i wouldnt say nearly as high id say hes still pretty close but hes not just shooting threes and driving anymore hes playing a different game and i agree with dfrance he is getting it back last year his head was below the rim alot now its getting to the point where its at it or above sometimes

  • http://www.slamonline.com Pardeep

    I can just imagine the LeBron travelled jokes or idiots saying this is why he isn’t better than Kobe or Jordan will ever be… doing it would be a bad move it won’t gain him his popularity back nothing will and this is a very risky move for him.