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Wade tried to get LeBron to enter dunk contest. He failed.

Feb 1, 2013, 5:27 PM EDT

Miami Heat's James and Wade speak during a time out during Game 1 of their first round NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff against New York Knicks in Miami Reuters

No matter how much money people are willing to throw at him, LeBron James has said no every time the league has called about him being in the All-Star weekend dunk contest.

Now Dwyane Wade has come calling.

Under the new Saturday format, the Western and Eastern Conferences compete against each other in events like the dunk contest, skills challenge, three point shootout and the rest of the All-Star Saturday night extravaganza. Each side has a captain, and Wade wears the C for the East (Chris Paul captains the West).

So Wade said he is prodding LeBron to help a friend out. He didn’t get far, reports

“I tried to convince LeBron,” Wade said Friday before the Heat took on the Indiana Pacers.

“On the dunk contest?” James said when Wade asked. “Oh no, that’s out.”

“I told him I’d throw him a lob and we’ll win,” Wade said. “He turned me down; I think he got nervous.”

Wade said he pitched he three-point contest to but LeBron blocked that, too.

But Wade has a couple weeks to keep working on him. Not that it will do any good.

  1. stoutfiles - Feb 1, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    Dunk contest is dumb anyway. I’d rather see a 1v1 tournament with 16 (star) players. Switch it up NBA, lets make it worth watching.

  2. ajw21 - Feb 1, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    good idea but no one would play. Just like the dunk contest, the best wouldn’t play. You think Lebron wants to take a chance of losing to Kobe one on one. Not a chance.

    • saint1997 - Feb 2, 2013 at 3:18 AM

      i wouldn’t mind if it wasn’t the best though, just borderline guys. Steph Curry could go in it, Tyreke, John Wall. A way to get small market teams involved in the festivities. That way every team has some player involved in the festivities

  3. dko83 - Feb 1, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    Jordan wasn’t afraid of the dunk contest…

    • valiantdraws - Feb 1, 2013 at 6:11 PM

      Who cares? The focus is on championships, not dunk contests.

      • dko83 - Feb 1, 2013 at 9:33 PM

        His own teammate, apparently.

      • valiantdraws - Feb 4, 2013 at 3:36 PM

        Maybe that’s partially why Wade had to wait years between championships.

      • dko83 - Feb 5, 2013 at 3:57 AM

        He had to wait years between championships because…. he tries to get his teammates to enter dunk contests? WTF are you even talking about. Please just stop.

  4. cantonbound13 - Feb 1, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    LeBron is the NBA version of A Rod. He got a ring by teaming up with other all stars. He’s a very good regular season player. He’s also so concerned about his image & afraid to fail & destroy all this ridiculous hype that surrounds him.
    Jordan & Kobe both participated and won. LeBron has no balls, period!

  5. realninerfan22 - Feb 1, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    He’s scared just like he scared to shoot freetrows wen the game is on the line lol d wade said he was nervous

  6. eventhorizon04 - Feb 1, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    Meh – the dunk contest for LeBron is lose-lose.

    If he loses – he lost.
    If he wins – people will only say he won because he’s a super-star getting preferential treatment.

  7. miamatt - Feb 1, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    This is just like Durant tweeting, “It’s time for @KingJames, Mr Westbrook, Mr.Rose, and @DwyaneWade to get in the dunk contest” last year- these guys are trying to convince others to do it just not including themselves.

    If a player doesn’t do it in his first 2 years, there’s really no point in doing it ever.

  8. southpaw77 - Feb 1, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    Only way this ego maniac enters the dunk contest if he can stack the deck like going to Miami. That means having his agent, Wade, and his high school pals at Akron/St Vincent/St Mary’s be judges.
    Then having help with the props and passes for him to dunk so he doesn’t have to do it all himself.

    He said he’d enter when it was in Dallas years back, then he got cold feet… What’s really bad is he wont even do the skills contest. That’s not hard on your knees, just dribble around, make some passes and knock down 2 shots.

    He might be the only (non center) superstar in history to not do a dunk contest, 3 point contest or skills challenge.

  9. lionsninersfan - Feb 1, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    Lebron is afraid of getting out dunked by a nobody. He must not be very creative and we all know he doesn’t have high self confidence by the way he left Cleveland. Now if I was him i would of lefy Cleveland too, after all Ohio smells. The only reason he won a championship is cuz he teamed up with 2 other allstars, just like that bum Garnett. 04 Pistons one of the last great TEAMS to win a championship, there was no superstars on that team just 5 unselfish players. We’ll never see another championship team like that again. Thank you Boston and Miami for ruining the NBA!

  10. codysteeler - Feb 1, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    I agree with a 1v1 tournament between some of the best in the league that got snubbed from the all-star game…the winner could be added into the all-star game??

  11. mgscott - Feb 1, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    He’s waiting for Kyrie to throw the lob to him in a couple years.

  12. sportsnut101 - Feb 2, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    We already seen lebron in the dunk contest. Rudy gay does the same dunks.

    Enough with the dam props serious hope this yr contest good

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