Okay, I know NBA All-Star Weekend isnâ€™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 likeâ€¦â€˜Nah.â€™ Iâ€™m just not a dunk contest dunker, you know what I mean? I donâ€™t even do any good dunks in games. I canâ€™t jump as high as those guys, either, so Iâ€™ll leave that up to the Rudy Gays and the Dwight Howards to show off in the Dunk Contest. Iâ€™ll pass on that.Donâ€™t get me wrong, though. I was really honored to be asked. Thereâ€™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 â€˜no thank you.â€™ Besides, I think itâ€™s more fun to watch than to be in.
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.