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Kevin Durant wants LeBron, Westbrook, star power in Dunk Contest

Feb 26, 2012, 7:15 PM EDT

Miami Heat's LeBron James dunks against the Chicago Bulls during their NBA basketball game in Miami Reuters

We can all admit it — Saturday night’s NBA Dunk Contest was sad. It was scripted and felt stiff. Jeremy Evans deserved the win for a legitimately impressive dunk, and a lot of people liked Paul George’s black-light dunk (more than I did). But overall, not good.

Kevin Durant is thinking exactly what you are — the Dunk Contest needs some star power. He tweeted this:

It’s time for @KingJames, Mr Westbrook, Mr.Rose, and @DwyaneWade to get in the dunk contest

KD wants to see LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, Derrick Rose or Dwyane Wade. So would we. We don’t even need all of them in a dream matchup, just one or two.

We know what it’s going to get to take LeBron to do the contest — $1 million. Not sure Westbrook and Rose would do it, but they would be interesting. So would Wade, but he said over the weekend that he is not going to do it.

You have to love the way KD didn’t nominate himself to do it, just others.

  1. professoressadiesel - Feb 26, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    Kevin Durant would nominate himself because he knows that people associate monster dunks when they speak of him.

  2. danielwold - Feb 26, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    Why does LeBron need a million in order to participate? He should do it as a gesture to the fans who make him his hundred millions. I say no props in the dunk contest besides humans. And if you’re going to dunk in the dark, make sure the basketball is fully illuminated. Jason Richardson is the last legitimate winner along with Nate Robinson.

    • md23rewlz - Feb 26, 2012 at 7:47 PM

      The fans didn’t make LeBron a millionaire. LeBron’s skills as a basketball player did that. We chose to buy tickets to his team, and buy his jersey, and watch him on TV. For our own entertainment. He doesn’t owe anybody anything, let alone participation in a silly little dunk contest.

      • rushbacker - Feb 26, 2012 at 9:07 PM

        Oh really? And if fans didn’t pay to watch games, exactly how much would his skills be worth?

      • deadeyedesign23 - Feb 27, 2012 at 8:32 AM

        He’s right. Fans aren’t doing him a favor going to see games. He has a product people want to see. LeBron owes people as much as the CEO of Coke owes people.

    • jjoc77 - Feb 26, 2012 at 10:40 PM

      Yo daniel the only reason Nate won is because he’s short if you remember that dunk contest, Andre Iguodala got completely robbed with that crazy behind the backboard dunk.

    • tcclark - Feb 27, 2012 at 12:21 AM

      Nate Robinson is about the least legitimate winner in the history of the Dunk Contest. He won the ’06 contest over Iguodala on a dunk that took approximately 486 tries to complete. Iguodala won that contest easily.

  3. readysethike - Feb 26, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    Kevin durant wouldnt do the contest because he doesnt consider himself an elite dunker, he was asked this last year

    • md23rewlz - Feb 26, 2012 at 8:18 PM

      I consider Blindfolded White Guy to be an elite dunker, so no worries KD.

    • rooney24 - Feb 27, 2012 at 10:24 AM

      His in game dunk was pretty sweet. He could be an elite dunker, or at least better than all the guys we have never heard of. If he wants other big names in, lead the way.

      It is pretty sad when in game dunks in the regular season (or in the All Star Game) are better than what you see in the dunk contest. I think part of the problem with the dunk contest is that there are not many “new” things you can do that don’t look over-staged. Nearly every dunk that could be simple and impressive has been done. So, the guys try to come up with something off the wall. And, the stars don’t likely have time to spend between games trying to dream up wacky stuff. So, we get backup players on teams that do have time each day to dream up and practice this stuff.

      I would rather see a 2-on-2 tourney, ala the old NBA Jam game, with 4-8 teams playing to 10 or so points. I bet you would see better dunks in that game, and generate more interest, than in the dunk contest itself.

  4. andyreidisfat - Feb 26, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    I gotta agree that the dunk contest which was a big moment every season for me as a kid is now mostly a waste of time.

    I hate all the stupid props. And I do think that the top players if not injured owe the fans a dunk contest at the all star

    • captainwisdom8888 - Feb 26, 2012 at 11:56 PM

      I agree with you bro. Think back to the year where Vince Carter murdered the dunk contest. What a ridiculous show he put on. We need to get back to that good sh**. What i saw last night was awful. 86 Kenny Smith too. That clown turned it all into a circus real quick

      • tcclark - Feb 27, 2012 at 12:23 AM

        Kenny Smith is the worst. Best moment of the whole weekend was Kyrie Irving telling Craig Sager that he had never heard of Kenny Smith.

  5. sslikma13 - Feb 26, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    LeBron James already makes millions and millions of dollars and now he wants a million more if he wins a contest? Really? Maybe if it was a million dollars for your favorite charity, that’d be cool for him to suggest. I can understand if he doesn’t want to do it but to basically say you’re not doing it because the winner doesn’t get a million dollars makes him look worse… at least to me.

  6. gmsingh - Feb 27, 2012 at 8:18 AM

    I agree with KD–LeBron needs to do something to show off his talent since he can’t seem to use it to win anything. His ****-eating grin after giving the ASG away further proves that.

  7. GT - Feb 27, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    The NBA has had the worst dunk contest and getting worse for the last 20 years. I’ve seen dunk contests from college, minor leagues, foreign leagues and just short white guys on youtube that are far superior on creativity and difficulty and makes you wonder why the NBA can’t get it right.

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