Friday, February 1st, 2013 at 4:10 pm  |  38 responses

Dwyane Wade Asked LeBron James to Be in the Dunk Contest

by Marcel Mutoni / @ marcel_mutoni

For All-Star Saturday, Chris Paul and Dwyane Wade have been named captains of their respective conferences (whatever that means.)

Perhaps feeling emboldened in his new role, Wade is putting pressure on teammate LeBron James to take part in this year’s Dunk Contest. LBJ has made it clear that he will never sign up for the air show — claiming to be too old — and Wade’s pleas apparently weren’t enough to change his mind.

After getting turned down for the Dunk Contest, D-Wade tried to talk LeBron into participating in the 3-point shootout. No dice. Well, maybe.

From ESPN:

Wade, who has input on whom the NBA selects to take part in the popular events, tried to get James to re-consider his long-standing policy of saying no to the slam dunk contest, which will take place Feb. 16. “I tried to convince LeBron,” Wade said Friday before the Heat took on the Indiana Pacers. “On the dunk contest?” James said when Wade asked him. “Oh no, that’s out.” … “I told him I’d throw him a lob and we’ll win,” Wade said. “He turned me down; I think he got nervous.”

Wade also tried to get James to consider taking part in the 3-point shootout for the first time. James is shooting a career-high 40 percent from 3-point range this season. “I went 0-for-2,” Wade said. “He said he didn’t want to shoot.”

According to the report, LeBron James said he hasn’t completely ruled out the three-point contest.

Good job, good effort Dwyane Wade.

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  • bravo

    even if he was in there……i hope he loses ( HATER )

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Junior-Taylor/100003121138419 Junior Taylor

    The dunk contest has ran its course. It’s over, finished, finito, done. Damn near every single dunk capable of being done by a human has been attempted. The NBA would be better off going without for a few seasons or letting someone off the street (team flight brothers?) trying their hand at it.

  • mike jones

    He is average at best from deep why would any one want to see that, other than to watch him lose.

  • bike

    I’d like to see the dunk contest go away and be replaced by a one on one contest. Wanna bet that there would be some interest in a Kobe vs LeBron showdown?

  • i_ball

    I still love what Javale McGee did it when he was in and DeRozan too. A great dunk is still very entertaining, just remove the whole popularity contest thing out of it! Bring the judges back and let the best dunker win, not the most popular one!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Junior-Taylor/100003121138419 Junior Taylor

    Fair enough. I would also like them to go back to having 8-9 contestants.

  • The Philosopher

    The KING… has spoken. Again.

  • Andi_S

    And Howard against Bynum when both would be healthy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/grasshoper.funk Grasshoper Funk

    And Tim Duncan against Dirk Nowitzki! And Blake Griffin against Josh Smith! And James Harden against Stephen Curry! And… and… and… Oh I’m so thrilled with this!!

  • Comment_System

    His dunks would be the same damn tomahawk.

  • Irishway’s

    There’s one Dunk I haven’t seen. A two handed free-throw line Dunk. I know it’s not flashy…but if someone cocked back like Latrell Sprewell type deal…. I think James could pulled this of a few years ago.. but who knows it mit not even be possible.

  • KBM

    Very possible Irishway’s, very possible indeed.


    Heres a link to the greatest dunk comp ever too. Pls enjoy responsibly.


  • jdubb

    i’d like the idea of a 3 on 3 tourney. a small one. Best of the Best. Voted by players.

  • KBM

    Dang, the that track playing over the dunk comp is nice.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000166716900 Anthony Darnello Taylor Jr.

    I wonder why Lebron has avoided the competition like this, with him being my favorite player I always wanted to see him throw it down with the best of them. I wonder is he making a statement going against the grain of MJ,Kobe,VC, and the rest of the other highflying swing men in league history. What is sad is that we most likely will never get to witness Lebron at his full potential (in terms of dunking.)

  • Redd

    Hell yeah, will it happen? hell no.

    If it even did, you’d be watching Kyle Korver Vs. Steve Novak.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert
  • pposse

    theres nothing to wonder about, Lebron does not like pressure at all. I like LBJ and his game like most and do believe that he will go down as one of the greats if not the second best of all time, but he is average at best under pressure.

    He is the type of guy who would rather make a game winning pass than shoot a game winning bucket.

    the only statement he is making is that he is a fish, him not participating in the dunk contest will never add to his legacy, lets not get this misconstrued. One year at the all star game he said he was going to join the dunk contest the next year only to renege.

  • The Philosopher

    Calm down, my brethren.
    The King is too big to partake in such activities that are reserved for mere gentiles. And commoners.

  • Lloyd

    At least he knows that the only dunk in their arsenal is a run out alley oop jam.

  • Lloyd

    This picture sums up Lebron’s range. First one from his first game, second one from this season.


  • Irishway’s

    I stand corrected those clips were Boss, But i do have small complaint the free throw line a little sketchy.. don’t get me wrong that tomahawk dunk… Damn!!

  • Teddy-the-Bear


  • Dagger

    Well, his playoff PPG is a full 1 point higher than his regular season PPG. The man averaged a PER of 37 in a playoff season! That’s handling pressure.

    He also dominated his return to Cleveland as a member of the Heat, maybe the most pressure-packed environment I’ve seen. He excelled during those showdowns with the Wizards, he was team USA’s go-to guy in the clutch, and obviously he completely owned the biggest games at the biggest moments in last year’s playoffs.

    The “Lebron can’t handle pressure” meme is really dated, and really it was never true to begin with. Just as flawed: the idea that a game-winning pass is somehow less important – and easier – than a game-winning shot (coming from someone who prefers scoring to passing).

    So why doesn’t Lebron participate in the dunk contest? I think he just has no respect for individual competitions. I’ve believed that since I saw him laugh his way through the skills competition years back. If I had to guess, I’d guess it’s because he values the collective nature of basketball as a team game. Maybe that’s how he found family after the loneliness of being raised by a single mom in very difficult circumstances (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LeBron_James). It’s just guesswork, but it’s more useful than saying that Lebron can’t handle pressure.

  • pposse

    i never said that he can’t handle pressure, just that he doesnt like pressure. Since there is only an unspoken rule that he needs to participate but not a real rule, he can just simply avoid the dunk contest which shows me and should show everyone that he simply doesnt like pressure.

    What he did last year in the playoffs especially shows that he can handle pressure, and he can perform well under pressure, but to say that he ‘relishes’ those situation is far fetched in my estimation. If he ‘relished’ these situations then he would do the dunk contest.

    Maybe your right, maybe he has no respect for individual competition, I can see that; he always make the right decision on the bball court, and normally thats not going 1 on 5. Still tho, he should know that all of the greats did the dunk contest; i might be in the minority on this but i still do think he will one day do the dunk contest; after he wins his second chip, he will gain more confidence in hisself and do it.

  • Dagger

    Fair enough. But . . .

    I’m not sure that a player who doesn’t like pressure would, for example, drop 38/8/5 on his return to the city that now hates him. I’m not sure he would want that role as team USA’s closer, or, for that matter, his team’s closer at the all-star game. Would he shatter all the conventions of free-agency, appear on ESPN to take his talents to Miami, and form a hyper-controversial big three? Would he drop a 55-point near-triple double at Madison Square Garden right after Kobe scored 60+ there?

    I could, of course, go on and on and on. My point is that someone who doesn’t like pressure – but can handle it – might do what’s necessary in a particular pressure-packed game, but go no further. In his career Lebron has seemed to thrive off of pressure-filled moments; we just remember the rare occasions when he crumbled.

    Ironically, when I look at Vince Carter’s career I see a guy who didn’t like pressure. In Toronto he always seemed to shrink from the responsibilities that accompanied his talent; increasingly he’d settle for jumpers rather than driving inside, he gave cryptic quotes, forced his way out of town, rediscovered himself as the second-best player on a decent team, bombed horribly when traded onto a contender, and now he’s doing very well as a solid contributor on a half-decent team. Like Lebron, Carter had all the talent in the world, but he shied away from maximizing it.

    I really do think that a guy who doesn’t like pressure doesn’t try to be an all-time great. Carter, to me, didn’t like pressure, but of course he put on the best dunk contest of all time. It’s complicated, but it makes sense: when you judge success by winning championships and MVPs, do you really care about a meaningless contest that ultimately judges a pretty unimportant skill?

  • Kabelion

    Is there any reason why Wade hasn’t asked James White yet? I mean, seriously? Guy is wasting away on the knicks bench just for the shot at Dunk Contest Immortality!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000166716900 Anthony Darnello Taylor Jr.


  • Ugh

    Yep. If the NBA has the stupid text-to-vote, the only way LeBron could possibly lose is if they include international roaming and Yao comes out of retirement to participate…

  • Ugh

    It’s true, the dunk contest is for Gentiles. No Jews have ever won it.

    That’s what you meant by ‘gentile’, right?

  • Ugh

    Triple jumper Mike Conley (?) put down a two handed foul line dunk in the eighties. It’s on an old NBA VHS tape I used to have. It was pretty sick.

    FWIW, foul line dunks are actually really easy, which is why nobody bothers these days.

  • danpowers

    id rather see here the headline about lebron james recent hillarious complaint about nobody giving him props for taking less money (from his team)

  • The Philosopher

    Nice. Lol

  • The Seed

    Wade is a suck up, Bron is probably telling him who to pick. Bron does NOT LIKE PRESSURE TO SUCCEED BY HIMSELF. Bron stated this is the reason he went to the Heat, go look up the transcript. Bron needs friends, business partners and associates to do things. He was afraid he would lose to Nate, AI, VInce and others. Then he feels his legacy is shames, he doesn’t realize he is the first MVP ever to leave a team with back to back 60wins, then go play for another team. THis tells it all, do MVP’s do that. NOPE. You make your teammates better, did he, if he felt like he needed to leave. KD gave Bron a ring, so Bron is on Cloud 9 now and Wade and Bosh wish Bron would go back to Cleveland now.

  • Deejay

    Carter made it but he steps over the line a bit.

  • JL

    They need to write this into the next CBA. Maybe not promoting team play, but dammit it will be fun to watch!

  • flight7

    It’s a competition without help, of course he won’t enter. The most physically gifted and mentally weakest player in history.

  • TBRK

    Lol, Lebron would leave the 3-point shoot out with a jumper so broken lol