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Fan tries to crowdsource $1 million for LeBron’s charity if he enters dunk contest

Jan 31, 2013, 5:52 PM EDT

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Do you want to see LeBron James in the dunk contest so badly you would donate your own money to see it?

A guy named Chris Thomas does and he wants you to join him. He has gone on GoFundMe.com — an online fundraising website where people raise money for medical care, funerals, local youth sports trips and other actual needs — and is crowdsourcing to try to raise $1 million to go toward LeBron’s charity if he enters the dunk contest. (If he doesn’t compete in 2013, you get your money back.)

LeBron has said recently that the window where he would participate has passed him by. Besides, LeBron is a powerful in-game dunker but the Dunk Contest is all about flashy shows and props (like dunking over a car while a gospel choir sings). I’m not sure it suits what LeBron does well.

Again, do you want to see LeBron James in the All-Star Weekend dunk contest that badly? Really?

I think if you want to donate money to LeBron’s charity you should do that directly. Actually, you should stop and think, “Doesn’t LeBron donate a lot of money to his own charity? Maybe I should make a donation to a cause near my home or near my heart and make a difference that way.”

Just a thought.

But if you want to donate your money to charity to see LeBron dunk, it’s America. We have codified the rights of people to do ridiculous things. So go right ahead.

  1. phillyphan93 - Jan 31, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    The charity part is a great idea, but screw Lebron if he doesnt wanna do it. Hes proven that off the court hes very selfish and really could care less about the general public. Just ask the fans in Cleveland.

  2. losangeleschargers17 - Jan 31, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    Dear LeBron with all the hype around you do you really think that you will lose. So sign up already

  3. wborstiii - Jan 31, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    Back in the day all the best players used to be in it. Jordan, Drexler, Olajuwon, Wilkins, and even Kobe. There needs to be some way to get the star players do join the contest so we don’t have to watch the bench players. I remember watching MJ vs Wilkins in the finals like 3 years straight and how serious they were about beating one another. Get it back to that level of competition.

    • spthegr8 - Jan 31, 2013 at 7:20 PM

      @wbor
      When was Olajuwon in the Dunk Contest??? I’ve been watching basketball and the dunk contest for a LONG TIME!!. & The Dream was NEVER in the Dunk contest!! Just Saying!!!!

    • kiingmilli - Jan 31, 2013 at 8:04 PM

      Lebron already been in the dunk contest before, he really don’t want to do it no more.

      • xavier46 - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:48 PM

        Here’s an idea: pull money together so “kiingmilli” can learn some English.

        Ain’t no need to talk like that no more, BRUH.

  4. dannymac17 - Jan 31, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    If he wont do it for charity then what the hell is wrong with him.

    Its not even his money and he would stand to make money winning it.

  5. jacobknicks - Jan 31, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    Who cares about Lebron, I just want to see someone dunk over A car while a choir sings!

  6. sammykbuck10 - Jan 31, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    Could someone explain to me why the biggest names in the game do not participate in the dunk contest? It’s something ALL the fans want to see and its good for the game. The dunk contest is a big draw already, but could you imagine the ratings is Lebron, KD, Kobe, etc. all took part?

    • monkeyhateclean - Feb 1, 2013 at 12:06 AM

      Because the dunk contest is tired and old. All the possible ways for a player to throw a ball through a hoop have been done, ad nauseum, and all the gimmicks added to complicate it have only served to expose how gimmicky they all are.

      The dunk contest only exists because it serves two purposes: A) to let non-star NBA player try and make a name for themselves, and B) to give the NBA’s corporate sponsors yet another opportunity to include their products in the event.

      “Star” players no longer need the publicity, and don’t want to risk the perceived loss of status by some obscure player out-dunking them. Consider Blake Griffin. He won the contest last year, but has now made the leap to “star”. He’ll never be in another dunk contest. Ever. Nor will any other NBA “star”. There’s nothing to be gained when you already have the endorsement deals.

      • pmpott - Feb 1, 2013 at 9:41 AM

        This is why there needs to be a 1v1, 2v2 and/or a horse tournament. Something to spice all-star weekend up and give the “stars” something to be ultra competitive about

  7. metalhead65 - Jan 31, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    look he either does it because his minions want him to or he doesn’t but no way in hell I or anybody with any sense would donate money to his charity when he makes as much as he does. he can fund it on his own,use some of that nike endorsement money if the charity needs funding. yes I know he did not ask for it, this is for the idiots who actually thinks he cares about what you want and are stupid enough to donate to a charity he can fund for years by doing 1 commercial and donating his pay from it.

  8. Mr. Wright 212 - Jan 31, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    Man, what stans WON’T do…

  9. biggestredmiami - Jan 31, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    Bribing the main guy, must be Donald Trump behind this.

  10. 23chameleons - Jan 31, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    Of all the worthwhile causes to dedicate money to, this is one I could live without. Seriously, who cares ?

  11. jollyjoker2 - Jan 31, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    I would rather spend my money on a pet rock .

  12. 1972wasalongtimeago - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    Want to see LeBron perform multiple highlight worthy dunks? Just watch him night after night. Not only is it a dunk-a-thin, but he’s also killing it in the skills competition, every night.

    And when LeBron’s dunking, it’s not over an idle car. It’s over NBA power forwards who are the best in the world at trying to stop him.

    And in his skills competition, he’s not dribbling and passing through cones. He’s doing it through NBA defenses designed solely to try to stop him.

    The Dunk Contest is so far beneath him it’s not worthy of a second of his time. Hell, the Dunk Contest is even a waste of YOUR time.

  13. cantonbound13 - Feb 1, 2013 at 7:46 AM

    The fan has a $3 million bet he’ll lose. Hahaha!!!!

  14. abchome - Feb 1, 2013 at 8:27 AM

    Why forces people to do things they don’t want to do and they have no obligation to do?

  15. chicitybulls - Feb 1, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Didn’t he say he held “The Decision” to raise money for charity (The Boys and Girls Club of America)? If that really was the reason he held it then this is another way to do the same thing with much less of a backlash at the end. If that really was the reason that is. I’m just sayin.

  16. miamatt - Feb 1, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    The time that LeBron might have been in the dunk contest has long since past. Not only that, but comparisons to past years are irrelevant because it is a different era. Stars simply don’t enter the slam dunk contest- have we seen Durant, Wade, Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony, ANY under 30 stars participate WHEN THEY WERE ALREADY STARS? No.

    Part of it is that we are numbed by the feats of athleticism that have now become routine. Does anybody remember Serge Ibaka basically recreating the Dr. J/ Air Jordan foul line dunk a few years back? That barely raised an eyebrow. It’s more about jumping over Kia’s and trying to dunk three balls at once now. I agree with whoever suggested an all-star game of HORSE or 21. Pick players from the all-star/3-point/skills rosters, and that would be great.

    As a fan, of course I think it would be entertaining to see the game’s biggest stars give it a go. But as a Heat fan, I would hope LeBron has better things to do. Like it or not, the dunk contest isn’t what it used to be and LeBron isn’t the only one sitting out. Like @1972 said, what happens in-game on a nightly basis gets me out of my seat more than any dunk contest move ever could.

  17. Very Real News - Feb 1, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    Yeah, the best players used to compete int he dunk contest, but the best PLAYERS are no longer the best DUNKERS. The best players have learned to improve on their other skills. The best dunkers are the guys who made the league on sheer athleticism and have few other talents. A few players break that mold, but they’re exceptions – not rules. LeBron – great in-game dunker – not many “dunk contest style tricks” though. I’m glad not to see him embarrass himself.

    The games greats have moved on to precise skills (Lebron, Carmelo, Love, etc.).
    The non-greats are the dunkers (DeMar Derozan)
    And a few do both (Griffin, Wade, etc.)

  18. southpaw77 - Feb 1, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    This guys ego wont allow him to enter, if he loses to a bunch of no names he looks like a tool.
    The only way he enters if he can stack the deck, put Wade, his agent and his boys from his high school team on the judging panel. He cant stack the deck like he did running to Miami.

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