Thursday, February 28th, 2013 at 4:15 pm  |  28 responses

LeBron James Won’t Stop Pregame Dunking Despite Critics

Apparently, there are people out there who are upset that LeBron James saves all of his crazy slams for the pregame layup line instead of showing them off at the NBA’s increasingly irrelevant Dunk Contest. Tough luck, says Bron-Bron. The pregame show shall go on. Per the Palm Beach Post: “I don’t do it for anyone besides our team,’ James said. ‘We came up with something that said, let’s get warmed up even more. Actually, Rio is the one who really started it. He said, let’s get hyped, let’s get up. We’re going to continue to do it.’ And the dunks he’s been doing, the lob-to-himself, between-the-legs one that he did on Tuesday? ‘It just happened,’ James said. ‘I don’t need props and capes and flight attendants and cheerleaders to walk out with me. I just do it.’ Erik Spoelstra called the controversy the ‘theater of the absurd.’ Dwyane Wade suggested: ‘Come out to Miami, if you want to see. Get a ticket.’ Chris Bosh’s view? ‘Some people don’t like it ’cause they like it. It’s awesome. You can’t deny that.’ [...] And what about the chalk toss, which was a part of his pregame ritual through his first season in Miami, but has disappeared. ‘I don’t know why I stopped doing it,’ James said. ‘I might get back to it at some point.’ Which wouldn’t be welcome for those with laptops in the press seats down low. ‘It all depends what y’all tweeting and s–,’ James said. ‘I might throw the whole bottle at y’all.’”

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  • Ben Ireland

    I like this… Soon as LeBron stopped caring, he won a chip. Don’t change it when it’s working. The man’s a genius.

  • pposse

    the only problem with all this is for Lebron to point out the faults of other players dunks who actually participate in the slam dunk contest If you have such a problem with the “props and capes and flight attendants” then go do the dunk contest yourself..”i just do it” -do the damn dunk contest already! quit feelin yourself bro

  • http://www.facebook.com/rainman1991 Saleem Rainman

    No capes, no flight attendants, just do it.

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  • Jerome

    “it just depends on what y’all tweeting and s-.” Yeah, that’s what we need in the world more tweets. It wold be cool if he would just enter the contest in stead of wearing those pyjamas or whatever those were to All-Star Saturday. Sunglasses inside … like an overgrown Douche Baggins.

  • underdog

    Why would anybody bash them for… dunking? What’s wrong with people? On the other hand we all know what’s up. Bron can’t lose the dunk contest, if he doesn’t attend.

  • robb

    Exactly. Let’s see you “just doing it” in the SDC Lebron, I’ve not seen any player doing that cape and flight attendants stuff during warm ups.

  • Redd

    Never heard Lebron cursing in an interview. The Mamba is coming out!

  • bike

    What the hell does a pregame routine have to do with the slam dunk contest?

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    Championship LeBron does whatever he wants to do. Good.

  • jaycee

    It wasnt Chalmer’s who started this. It was the front office. They needed something extra to get the miami fans into their seats before halftime.

  • Ronda

    Chris’ response is the best… and true. The comedian, Katt Williams, says we all need haters and that’s what is happening. I’m glad James is sticking to his guns. I’m not even a real fan of his at all, but I feel him and he shouldn’t waver.

  • Mars

    So you have 3 top 5 picks, and all you do is complain about a warmup pregame dunking. Stupid.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Donte-Machiavelli-Hudson/100000723951750 Donte Machiavelli Hudson

    The man said a mouthful,,, no comment from me. Lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Donte-Machiavelli-Hudson/100000723951750 Donte Machiavelli Hudson

    Everyone in the world knows lebron won’t lose the dunk contest. besides, since howard & nate, its loss a bit of flare…. Not to mention, full of 2nd tier type players. Rudy fernandez was in the contest afew years ago man! Now where is he? Exactly,,,! Championship Lebron doesn’t want to be remembered NEXT TO. RUDY FERNANDEZ! LET ALONE BE PUT IN THE SAME SENTENCE! HELL, YOU SEE I DIDN’T PUT’EM IN THE SAME SENTENCE. (LOL)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Donte-Machiavelli-Hudson/100000723951750 Donte Machiavelli Hudson

    Championship lebron is not here for your amusement mere boy!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Donte-Machiavelli-Hudson/100000723951750 Donte Machiavelli Hudson

    Boy, you know nothing of miami airlines arena… That arena was on full swoll & rocking BEFORE LEBRON CAME… the only thing that changed after championship lebron is the prices bruh. Be EASY.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Donte-Machiavelli-Hudson/100000723951750 Donte Machiavelli Hudson

    Championship Lebron said the same damn things in cleveland,,, you don’t remember the early commercials of multiple OLDER CHAMPIONSHIP LEBRONs & he said the dunk contest was “bougie”?

  • jaycee

    I may be older than you Son. Why the hell do I see ALL THEM RED CHAIRS in the 1st quarter? heck even in the playoffs last year you guys were tardy as. Just coz you arrive coked up late to the game in party mode with the rest of them, doesnt take away from what I said.

  • Ben Ireland

    Yeah, but now I think he means them, if that makes sense. In all honesty, he’s just a pleasure to watch right now. I like LeBron when he’s having fun. Despite what critics say, he seems a very likeable guy.

  • 23

    Miami fans suck. I am a LeBron fan, but those games are just sad

  • http://twitter.com/LuisBrownish Luis Moreno

    my thoughts exactly. that or his balls dropped.

  • Jerome

    LeBron and the rest of the rule breakers are nationally televised for amusements sake. With so much athletic ability one would think the ability to dribble without carrying or drive without travelling wouldn’t be too much to ask. Kids watch these guys and emulate … when LeBron, Harden, Curry etc al are allowed to do so the game suffers, which is not amusing in the least.

  • http://twitter.com/BEdotwater Orlando Coolridge

    If you have a problem with James Harden or Steph Curry’s game there is something you see that I don’t. Steph is one of the most fundamentally sound basketball players this league has. You’re trippin.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    wtf… who wouldn’t want to see LeBron put on an aerial show pregame? What kind of a basketball fan wouldn’t want to see that? Chances these “critics” are really just a few sportswriters trying to stir up controversy where there is none.

  • i_ball

    Rudy Fernandez is a better player than most of the guys who were in this year. Not a better dunker but still. Don’t hate on the guy

  • Mike From Spain

    Let the dude dunk in the pre-game warm up, I don’t see the problem

  • Dennis Rene Soliman

    because he can win it all