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Dwight Howard “too old” for another dunk contest

Jan 5, 2012, 3:47 PM EDT

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Dwight Howard will be center stage All-Star Weekend in Orlando — the guy with the trade demand will either be in a different uniform or still in a Magic jersey but with trade rumors swirling around him and dominating the weekend.

What he will not be center stage at is the dunk contest.

The guy who revived the event in 2008 told the Orlando Sentinel he will not be participating this year.

“I’m too old for that,” Howard responded.

This follows with what Howard said last year, which was that he wanted to cut back on activities during the All-Star Weekend and save his legs some wear and tear.

We don’t know yet on who will be get invites from the league, although if I were a betting man I’d have money on DeAndre Jordan of the Clippers. With Chris Paul throwing him a lob.

  1. mjbulls45 - Jan 5, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    no problem,

    you already participated when you were younger and WON

    thats why the great dunkers do it when they are young and still explosive

    like Jordan, Kobe, Dwight, Jason Richardson, Vince, T-Mac, etc…

    only player who is a great dunker that never did it….was , of course Lebron James.

    With all the hops and athleticism of Lebron James, as a basketball fan I feel robbed,

    with all respect , I wanted James to do it , he would have won,

    however I also understand the risk, I dont agree with it, but I understand it,

    if Lebron James enters the dunk contest and loses to say a Nate Robinson, how is he “king james” and that hurts the marketing of his brand

    on the flip side, all that is irrelevant if he does not win a ring.

    so really , James shoulda did it and can still do it.

    • slopmcflop - Jan 5, 2012 at 7:31 PM

      Is this a poem? I feel like this is a poem. Interesting paragraph structure, guy.

  2. tomshoe - Jan 5, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    The dunk contest, like the Celebrity game, is already overrated. The dunker with the most name recognition ALWAYS wins. Just look at last year’s contest. DeRozan’s dunks were good, but got low marks because he didn’t use props, now he’s not coming back. Javale McGee set world records with his 3 balls-1 basket dunk, and his 3 balls-3 baskets dunk, but he lost in the finals by a landslide. Why? Because everyone already expected Blake Griffin to win. His final dunk over the Kia with the chorus singing? While it did look cool, without the Kia or the chorus, it would have been an average dunk. Fan Voting removes any element of suspense because you already know who’s going to win, not the biggest dunker, but the biggest name.

    Same goes for the Celebrity game. Justin Bieber beat Scottie Pippen in FAN voting. ’nuff said.

    • raidmagic - Jan 5, 2012 at 4:53 PM

      no doubt 90% of the guys in the NBA could have done Griffins dunks last year.

    • hwatt - Jan 5, 2012 at 5:10 PM

      I’ll remember that contest as the one of the greatest sell-out moments of the nba. A low point for the purity of the sport and contest.

      • hwatt - Jan 5, 2012 at 5:12 PM

        somewhere vince mcmahon and Stern were toasting like mad during that garbage dunk

  3. acdc363 - Jan 5, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    I completely agree, fan voting removes practically all of the suspense and excitement of the dunk contest. Blake would have won last year if he shot a 3 pointer.

  4. brooklynbulls - Jan 5, 2012 at 9:03 PM

    The dunk contest hasn’t been worth watching in over ten years. Everything has already been done. Short of bringing in circus animals for guys to jump over, that scene is dead.

  5. jmore501 - Jan 6, 2012 at 1:59 AM

    He won’t end up in LA THATS for sure!!

  6. damnyankee13 - Jan 6, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    While the dunk contest,to the fans, look great and is exciting, it wins absolutely no games.. I can understand why a player wants tho sit out tho am not faulting them.It is just another trophy for the winner

  7. tajhman34as - Jan 6, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    DH12 is only like 26 LeBron 27 and D wade 29 and they still breaking the rim lol.

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