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Pay the winner $1 million and LeBron might dunk

Posted on: February 24, 2012 6:29 pm
Edited on: February 24, 2012 8:19 pm
 
LeBron James would consider the dunk contest, for a price. (Getty Images)
Posted by Royce Young

ORLANDO -- It's been NBA All-Star Saturday's Moby Dick. LeBron James, and his superhuman athletic ability, in the dunk contest.

Without ever really having the intention to participate, LeBron has often dropped hints like he would. He indicated he might during the 2010 All-Star Game in Dallas and then didn't rule out the notion for this year's in Orlando. But LeBron has never intended to dunk.

"It’s not me," he said Friday. "I’m not a dunk contest type of guy. I’m an in-game dunker. I kind of improvise during the game.''

But what if there was a prize? LeBron was asked if someone tossed a $1 million winner-take-all bounty on it, if he'd take part.

"Then I'd reconsider," he said "Wouldn't you?"

Yeah, I definitely would, but I also can't jump-fly like LeBron James. So I'm not entirely sure that's applicable, LeBron.

Not to unnecessarily rag on LeBron here, but like every other player, he loves to talk about how All-Star Weekend is about the fans. It's a showcase for fans to enjoy the game, see the stars and celebrate the NBA. Which is why people want LeBron in the dunk contest. Because it would be a ton of fun for fans. Except LeBron says he'd only consider if you paid him a million smackers. Not a great look.

On the other hand, LeBron is someone worth upwards of $50 million but an extra million is an extra million. And despite LeBron saying he's an in-game dunker, you know he'd blow us away. Blake Griffin said the same thing and I'd say his dunk contest performance was acceptable.

The great ones have all dunked though. Players like Michael Jordan, Julius Irving, Kobe Bryant -- they all took time to do it. That doesn't mean LeBron should feel inclined or obligated, but if it's a status thing, he shouldn't worry about it.

So if you want to see LeBron dunk, start raising some money to hand to the winner. Otherwise, I wouldn't bank on King James playing along.
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Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: February 24, 2012 8:53 pm
 

Pay the winner $1 million and LeBron might dunk

When Dwight Howard and Blake Griffin won their dunk competitions, they got endorsement deals. I'd say winning this in a memorable fashion is already worth some money. It's also a chance to keep up with the legacies of Kobe and Jordan, who have each won this thing at least once. But the real story is that Lebron is scared.



Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2012 8:36 pm
 

Pay the winner $1 million and LeBron might dunk

It's simple, he doesn't enter the contest because if he lost, he would never hear the end of it. People would tell him that losing a dunk contest means a million more things than it actually does. Personally, I don't blame him at all. He can't win (he'd probably literally win), unless he does something so remarkable that it becomes instantly legendary. 

It's easier for him to just not enter and let people wonder if he could have done it. Kinda like joining the Miami Heat, and leaving people to wonder if he could have actually brought a championship to Cleveland. We'll never know, because "King James" is one of those guys who shies away from a challenge, which is the biggest difference between him, MJ, Kobe, and anyone else you want to compare him to. 



Since: Oct 16, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2012 8:34 pm
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Since: Sep 28, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2012 8:11 pm
 

Pay the winner $1 million and LeBron might dunk

"Not to unnecessarily rag on LeBron here, but like every other player, he loves to talk about how All-Star Weekend is about the fans. It's a showcase for fans to enjoy the game, see the stars and celebrate the NBA. Which is why people want LeBron in the dunk contest. Because it would be a ton of fun for fans. Except LeBron says he'd only consider if you paid him a million smackers. Not a great look."

That may not look great, but LBJ didn't say he would only consider it if he was paid a million dollars. You quote him as saying that "It's not me." and then you quote his answer to a hypotheical question "What if it was for a million dollars?". His answer was that he would consdider it at the point. He didn't say that would be the only way do it if they paid him a million dollars. Was LBJ asked if there was any other situation that would lead to his participation? You are infering quite a bit when you say LBJ would only consider if they pay him a million dollars. Royce Young says, "Not to unnecessarily rag" in his article that is ironically unnecessarily ragging on LBJ in a similar fashion to when a person says "Not to be rude" and then says something completely rude, like the preface removes them from any accountability.



Since: Jan 1, 2011
Posted on: February 24, 2012 7:57 pm
 

Pay the winner $1 million and LeBron might dunk

I wouldn't pay any of the cry baby primadonna's to play a fri&%in game. And yes i hate LeEgo, but it's ridiculous these players get this kind of money to play a damn game, while average people live near poverty working a full time job all year long.



Since: Mar 6, 2009
Posted on: February 24, 2012 7:41 pm
 

Pay the winner $1 million and LeBron might dunk

Lebron is what is wrong with the NBA! What happened to just wanting to be the best...... That is the difference between Jordan and James.



Since: Jul 17, 2011
Posted on: February 24, 2012 7:33 pm
 

Pay the winner $1 million and LeBron might dunk

i wish i had the cash to put it up 



Since: Jul 27, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2012 7:18 pm
 

Pay the winner $1 million and LeBron might dunk

LeBron is probably my most hated athlete, but I do think that a million dollar bonus for the Dunk Contest would raise it above the joke that it has become. Maybe an extra million will get some big names to do it again, when Paul George is the biggest name in the Dunk Contest, you've got problems.



Since: Aug 21, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2012 7:05 pm
 

Pay the winner $1 million and LeBron might dunk

This guy just can't seem to get it right.



Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2012 6:52 pm
 

Pay the winner $1 million and LeBron might dunk

The walking EGO will not do it for fear of not winning and looking more like an ass than he already does.  Where is Muggsy Bogues when we need him ?


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