I can’t even begin to tell you how disappointed I am that LeBron James is not participating in this year’s dunk contest. I don’t mean to sound like a child, but… HE PROMISED US!!!
At last year’s Dunk Contest, someone, maybe Craig Sager or Cheryl Miller, stuck a microphone in LeBron’s face and asked him whether he’d compete in 2010. Apparently caught up in the moment, Lebron announced he would participate in the contest he had always shunned. The crowd went wild, his announcement the highlight of the weekend. Dunk fans began counting down the days to Dallas.
This week, the participants list came out with James’ name conspicuously absent. Major bummer.
LeBron may have called dunk contests bourgeois in one of his Nike ads but it’s still a rite of passage. Julius Erving did it, Michael Jordan did it, Kobe Bryant did it. All dunk contest champions, all NBA champions.
You can’t go down as one of the greatest dunkers of all time if you never participated in the dunk contest. It might forever tarnish his legacy. Now Shaquille O’Neal is calling out Vince Carter and Kobe Bryant saying if they enter the contest, then LeBron will. One problem, Shaq. Those guys have already entered… and won. Bron Bron has not.
If All-Star weekend is truly about the fans, then we should get what we want… and that includes seeing LBJ fly through the air with the greatest of ease.
His winning was a foregone conclusion. ‘Nique, Dr. J and Kenny Smith already had their cardboard “10s” ready to be hoisted high in the air. They might as well pack them back up as LeBron has let us all down. Without him, the contest which has been lackluster of late will be barely worth watching. Here’s hoping the chosen one meets a chorus of boos if he attends the contest in a $10,000 suit rather than a uniform.