Lebron James has never competed in the slam-dunk contest on All-Star Weekend. Asked over the All-Star Weekend if he ever will, Lebron said he thinks his window of opportunity may have passed.
“I’m getting older,” he said. “It ain’t looking good.”
Dwight Howard, who competed multiple times and won a dunk contest, had another theory for why some players won’t give it a try.
“I think for us, the reason why a lot of us don’t participate is because we do so much during All-Star weekend, by the time we get to the dunk contest we have no legs,” he said. “When you do the dunk contest, you want to have your legs, you want to be ready to go because you want to put on a good show for our fans. So I think some guys, I think they don’t want to get embarrassed in the dunk contest, so they just choose not to do it.”
His head coach, Erik Spolestra weighed in by saying, “He’s already been in the league for 10 years. I’d like to see him do less and less that weekend. He has to rest his legs at some point.”
The competition will feature Kenneth Faried, Eric Bledsoe, Terrence Ross, James White, Gerald Green and defending champion Jeremy Evans. James has yet to participate in an event that used to feature some of the league’s elite players, including Michael Jordan, Dominique Wilkins, Vince Carter and Tracy McGrady.