Probably For The Best. He Would Have Had To Dress Up In A Big Spider Costume Anyway.

Okay, I know NBA All-Star Weekend isn’t until February, but I just wanted to let you all hear it from me first: I will NOT be participating in the Slam Dunk Contest. I was offered a spot in the contest not too long ago but politely turned it down. But hear me out on this one.My agent came to me last week and asked me if I wanted to participate in the Slam Dunk Contest and I was like…‘Nah.’ I’m just not a dunk contest dunker, you know what I mean? I don’t even do any good dunks in games. I can’t jump as high as those guys, either, so I’ll leave that up to the Rudy Gays and the Dwight Howards to show off in the Dunk Contest. I’ll pass on that.Don’t get me wrong, though. I was really honored to be asked. There’s a lot of great dunkers in this league and they decided to put me out there, to call on me but I had to gladly say ‘no thank you.’ Besides, I think it’s more fun to watch than to be in.

via Why I Passed on the Dunk Contest.

So Durant’s out, which isn’t a huge deal. He doesn’t really throw down the ones that make you want to cry in fear. It is a shame, though, considering a Durant v. LBJ matchup would be epic on so many levels. But then, LeBron’s been waffling too. If we get stuck with a bunch of no names in Dallas, I’m going to be pretty miffed. This should aspire to be the greatest dunk contest of the decade (won’t be Carter’s year, obviously, but you have to try).

I mean, don’t get me wrong, I like the more obscure guys, but it would be great to see some elite players go at it in this one. With Howard out, I imagine Rudy Gay will be back, even though I’ve never been impressed with his dunks in-game or otherwise. Man it would have been nice if Tyrus were to not hate the exhibition and not be recovering from injury. While not a superstar, he could definitely play the villain.

Matt Moore

Matt Moore is a Senior NBA Blogger for CBSSports.com's Eye on Basketball blog, weekend editor of Pro Basketball Talk on NBCSports.com, and co-editor of Voice on the Floor. He lives in Kansas City due to an unbelievably complex set of circumstances and enjoys mid-90's pop rock, long walks on the beach and the novels of Tim Sandlin.