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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.

Since: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: February 26, 2012 9:46 am

Pay the winner $1 million and LeBron might dunk

I agree, he' s scared he wont win so there for he wont try, he's a born looser and I hope he never wins a NBA championship.

Since: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: February 26, 2012 6:26 am

Pay the winner $1 million and LeBron might dunk

I wouldnt pay Lebron XXXX to be in the dunk contest, it better without him!

Since: Jan 5, 2011
Posted on: February 26, 2012 12:15 am

Pay the winner $1 million and LeBron might dunk

It's still terrible.

Since: Feb 25, 2012
Posted on: February 25, 2012 8:59 pm

Pay the winner $1 million and LeBron might dunk

He did NOT say he would only participate for a chance at a $1,000,000 prize.  He was asked if there was a $1,000,000 if he would compete.  He said yes.  HUGE difference.  Stop putting words in his mouth and then complaining about the words that come out of his mouth.

Since: Feb 13, 2012
Posted on: February 25, 2012 6:28 pm

Pay the winner $1 million and LeBron might dunk

Lebron says some stupid stuff. The biggest problem is who gets to compete in the contest since 1mil is alot of money.  Another thing is that people can not do creative stuff for the contest.  How many times I've seen the contestants thinking about what they want to do before they dunk and then finally toss the ball in the air and then do a Ive-seen-this-dunk-a-thousand-times

dunk.  Blake Griffin is awesome in games but the front hood of the car dunk was the dumbest ever.  Vince Carter was the last guy to have a great showing.  

Since: Dec 30, 2010
Posted on: February 25, 2012 1:42 pm

Pay the winner $1 million and LeBron might dunk

I want to see the best dunkers in the dunk contest period I remember those 1st couple contests they were great. At that time the league was on the come back and the stars felt they needed to do it so the league could stay alive. Todays star players for the most part believe that they should not do anything unless they are getting paid. So if the only way to get the best dunkers there is to pay them. Lets get a sponsor for the event and pay the winner some big money.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: February 25, 2012 1:26 pm

Pay the winner $1 million and LeBron might dunk

Look, this kind of seems a little bit of a trash-piece
I hate Lebron.  Cant stand him.  I will not go into that here

Look at it this way:  If you make truckloads of cash to play a professional sport....why would you risk it for
something stupid ( yeah the dunk contest is kinda stupid)

Its like the beach flag football thing the NFL did/does at the probowl...remember that stud RB
the Patriots had...what was his name ? Edwards or something like that who tore his knee up doing
a similarly stupid meaningless event...

If I got paid like Lebron gets paid...I wouldnt risk it either without some sort of compensation

Yeah hes rich, yeah its painted to seem like Lebron is greedy...but really its not that far off base

The dunk contest is for the fans, I am sure Lebron will interact with the fans over the weekend...

If you asked any other NBA first team guy the same question youd probably get the same answer:

Plus, do we really need to see Lebron pout and stomp off the floor when he chokes it up in the dunk off and loses to
some journeyman with hops???

Since: Sep 11, 2010
Posted on: February 24, 2012 11:24 pm

Pay the winner $1 million and LeBron might dunk

Without reading them, i'm sure most other posts are saying a variation of what i'm writing right now. I'm not a LeBron fan. Unless you're the most starstruck of fans, the type who fawns over Barbra Streisand and Michael Jackson, or you're a diehard Heat fan, you probably don't care much for LBJ either (of course his athletic ability is a given).
So, like most, i saw this headline and was prepared to pounce. It only took a few paragraphs to realize why our media has gotten so ludicrous, so shock-generating, and so unintelligent over the last quarter century. The "author", fully knowing his intention to turn James' answer (the only possible answer without being prepared ahead of time) into an attempted character assassination piece, goaded the player into saying...nothing. Yet the writer continued anyway, and actually received approval once he submitted it for possible posting. Pathetic.

Since: Feb 24, 2012
Posted on: February 24, 2012 11:01 pm
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Since: Feb 24, 2012
Posted on: February 24, 2012 9:13 pm

Pay the winner $1 million and LeBron might dunk

That's exactly what I was thinking. This whole article is garbage the author took Lebron's answer to a hypothetical question and framed it as though Lebron was making some sort of demand.

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