Los Angeles Lakers star player LeBron James is currently in his 20th season in NBA. He has never participated in any Dunk Contest. However, he did get the opportunity and the experience in 2003, participating in the Powerade Jam Fest as part of the McDonald’s All-American Game. He won the MVP award beating Von Wafer and Shannon Brown for the title.
The fest is an all-star basketball game played each year by students belonging to high school basketball graduates. However, the event consists of two contests, slam dunk and three-point shooting. The players have to compete alongside the game alumni in a timed team shootout.
LeBron to date hasn’t participated in any of the dunking contests. However, let’s take a look at the reason for his refusal to participate.
Why doesn’t LeBron James participate in the dunk contest?
After getting drafted into NBA in 2003, LeBron James’s interest in the dunk contest came. In 2009 he mentioned participating in the 2010 NBA Dunk contest, however, it never happened in reality.
14 years ago today, LeBron got us excited by saying he was going to compete in the 2010 NBA Dunk Contest.
Magic Johnson once offered a million dollars to see LeBron compete.
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Following this, during an interview with Fox Sports Florida, in 2012, James revealed his reason, citing the injuries as the main cause. “There were times when I wanted to do it. But I came into All-Star Weekend a few times banged up and I didn’t want to risk further injury,” – he said.
However, two years later, in 2014, the same question was again revoked on his long-time refusal. In a video, James was seen performing slam dunks during a practice session in Pheonix Suns. The video soon got viral through Dwyane Wade who was present there.
Following this, LeBron was taken up in an interview during which he was asked whether he will be changing his decision or not. “I’m not easy to persuade these days. I’m not against it. I just don’t want to do it. Do I have to be against something because I don’t want to do it.” – he said. Later, on, being asked about his participation in the high school contest he said – “I felt it was right to do…I’ve never been a dunk-contest guy. I don’t know, I’ve just never had a feeling to do it.”
Thus, the speculation on whether or not LeBron James will ever play in the slam dunk contest remains. However, the Lakers star would be a great fit if he does so.