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Stern Doesn't Want LeBron to dunk

Feb 10, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

davidstern-ap.jpgEveryone not named Shannon Brown or DeMar DeRozan was disappointed to find out LeBron James was not participating in the dunk contest this year. Isn’t that what we want — the best dunkers dunking it out?

David Stern doesn’t see it that way and said so in an interview on Mike and Mike in the Morning.

“There’s an internal debate going on here. My answer is no. Everyone says ‘what are you crazy? What about the ratings?’ I love to give everybody a chance to shine. No matter who’s in it, come Saturday night at the final round, that will be our highest rating. This gives us an opportunity to demonstrate the athleticism of our players and let in a couple of guys who might not otherwise make it. I have no special belief that having the stars in will be great for it. It may actually set up people for disappointment.”

I honestly have no idea if Stern really means it, that man could sell popsicles to penguins. He is a master of spin. Obama needs him as a press secretary (no way Stern takes that pay cut, however).

And his point has some merit. But man, we are talking LeBron versus Durant in the dunk off finals. LetShannonDunk is awesome, but I’m still not picking him over LeBron. No fan is.

  1. vintuc - Feb 10, 2010 at 5:00 PM

    http://espn.go.com/los-angeles/video/clip?id=4892306
    Watch that clip and you may change your mind. Lebron is great and all but his dunks arent too exciting when he isn’t throwing it down in someone else’s eyeball

  2. twecar - Feb 10, 2010 at 6:10 PM

    Look at LeBron then and now. He is a physical beast now. Are you telling me that he can’t get higher now? Obviously you have not seen some of his blocks and alley oop dunks? LeBron skies alot higher now.

  3. Phil - Feb 10, 2010 at 6:15 PM

    Maybe the dumbest statement i’ve ever heard.

  4. Kevn - Feb 10, 2010 at 6:24 PM

    David Stern is the leader of Organized Crime.
    He should be given a lifetime ban from all sports.
    He is the “head” thug of and in the NBA.
    What a joke for a commish.

  5. Sonny Thomas - Feb 10, 2010 at 6:28 PM

    I agree wiuth David Stern. We seem to hear too much about Lebron and Kobe. let some of the other players shine.
    Sonny T.

  6. Dan - Feb 10, 2010 at 7:05 PM

    Of course he doesn’t want Lebron on the contest. If disaster strikes (a major leg injury), Stern’s meal ticket is finished (and so are the Knicks and Cavs)

  7. lil nawlins - Feb 10, 2010 at 7:13 PM

    thats messed up……. go 2 hell stern lebron should slam u on ur head m.fer………. WHODAT BABY

  8. BC - Feb 10, 2010 at 7:22 PM

    I want to see Vince-an-ity dunk over a 6’10″ guy one last time….

  9. Gonzo - Feb 10, 2010 at 7:46 PM

    I would rather see Brown over James. The fewer opportunities Lebron has for self-aggrandizement, the better. His show is getting real old; his show, mind you, not his play.

  10. DM - Feb 10, 2010 at 7:49 PM

    Hey Kurt Helin. Way to assume the many Laker fans across the country would choose Lebron over Shannon “I can jump higher than you” Brown. That’s y u don’t assume things because u make an ass our yourself. No wonder ur writing for this jumk website. Ur writing is garbage.

  11. tony thomas - Feb 10, 2010 at 9:53 PM

    I agree with Stern…He is thinking for the long term health and growth of the league…lil nawlins you are a meathead….

  12. jake - Feb 10, 2010 at 11:56 PM

    Lebron is a coward. He didn’t want to risk losing. Jordan, Kobe -> they won. It would be a permanent dent on his storybook career to lose.

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