All-Star weekend is on the horizon and it's a time for NBA players and fans to celebrate the talent the league has to offer in multiple events.
The dunk contest is arguably the most exciting event because you see some of the best athletes in the world attempting to pull off almost impossible feats.
Unsurprisingly, the best player in the NBA, LeBron James, is also one of the best, if not the best, dunkers in the league. Having LeBron in the dunk contest would be a spectacle, but he continues to reject the opportunity, and has consistently been taunting all the media and fans, that want to see him in the contest.
He has made a tradition of holding an annual one-man dunk contest, days before the actual event. This year, LeBron decided that he would be okay with putting his dunks on social media. He’s rubbing it in our faces and giving fans hopes of seeing him in the contest, but refuses to give the fans the privilege of watching him take part.
James is being selfish to the NBA fans by being an elite dunker in the NBA, but refusing to ever enter the contest for the best dunkers. He has even commented on how he would perform if he entered. Dwayne Wade was asked about what it would be like for James to be in the dunk Contest and the man himself cut in and stated: “I’d win”.
His selfishness was evident when he reported he was very interested in joining the contest in 2010, only to reject it once again.
The event has recently been a joke due to the lack of talent participating, but throughout history, some of the all time greats have made history in the dunk contest. NBA has been treated to the likes of Julius Erving, Michael Jordan, Dominique Wilkins, and a host of other legends.
ESPN analyst Skip Bayless accused LeBron of being afraid of the pressure the NBA Dunk contest would bring.
Skip stated: “LeBron obviously fears mounting pressure to live up to the enormous expectations to pull off spectacular dunks and dominate the Dunk Contest”.
Skip might be on to something; if LeBron were to enter the contest there would be no discussion on who was going to win. It would practically be a pre-determined result that the King would win.
Perhaps he is therefore afraid of not living up to something when he has no excuse for failing.
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