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LeBron basically shrugs, ignores Magic’s Slam Dunk offer

Mar 4, 2013, 10:35 AM EDT

Miami Heat forward LeBron James reacts after he scored against the New York Knicks in the fourth quarter of their NBA basketball game in New York Reuters

Magic Johnson’s offer of $1 million to LeBron James to do the 2014 All-Star Saturday Dunk Contest was a blatant publicity stunt.

First, if you were serious Magic you would have made the donation to his charity, LeBron needs another $1 million in his pocket about as much as Magic does. Second, you think Magic is the first one here? LeBron has had sponsors approach him with fantastical offers to do the dunk contest before, he still has chosen to sit it out.

What was LeBron’s response to Magic’s offer? Pretty much a shrug, reports Ira Winderman at the Sun Sentinel.

“Right now, I don’t know,” he said. “It doesn’t really stand anywhere. Right now, I’m so focused on what we’re doing as a team….

“Shoot, All-Star weekend is how far away?” he said of next February’s showcase in New Orleans. “So I’m really not thinking about right now. It was entertaining to hear him say that, though.”

What was he going to say?

LeBron will not do the dunk contest. He doesn’t want to and at this point he sees this as a no-win situation (win and he was supposed to, lose and he gets another round of “he’s no Jordan” talk). It’s not going to happen.

This whole dunk contest “controversy” is a Rorschach test of how you feel about LeBron — you see what you want to see. If you don’t like him and want to see him fail, not winning the dunk contest becomes important to you. If you are a LeBron backer you shrug at the contest and winning it pretty much like LeBron does.

When LeBron steps away from the game one day, the dunk contest will have no impact on his legacy. Rings will be number one now, followed by his level of play through the peak of his career (going on now, the question is for how long). That’s it.

  1. musician0785 - Mar 4, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    because the dunk contest had no.impact on Jordan’s legacy (sarcasm)……if he simply doesn’t want to do it thats one thing, but let’s not act like it bears zero importance on his legacy, thats laughable

    • reesesteel23 - Mar 4, 2013 at 11:02 AM

      Dunk Contest is the last thing I think of(personally) when talking about HOF players. Honestly, I never think about it unless it comes on NBA Tv.

      • kopy - Mar 4, 2013 at 12:55 PM

        Yes and No. No one cares about the competition for HOF players, but the Jordan “Jumpman” logo was directly influenced by the 1987 Slam Dunk competition, and it wouldn’t exist without Jordan’s participation and victory. Musician isn’t wrong when he says the competition had a huge impact on his legacy.

      • mytthor - Mar 4, 2013 at 10:48 PM

        The dunk contest is definitely part of Jordan’s whole mythos, as well as Dominique, Vince Carter, Blake Griffin (though his was very overrated), Dr J, etc.

  2. timb12 - Mar 4, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    If Lebron does the dunk contest I think it’ll draw more big names to it consistently like the Olympics once the A listers all signed on. When was the last time an established top 5 player competed? I think Lebron could get the ball rolling on that.

    • mytthor - Mar 4, 2013 at 10:48 PM

      Dwight Howard. Blake Griffin (arguably).

  3. steelers4385 - Mar 4, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    I just wish someone would take Lebron behind the ole tool shed and whip his attention craving a$$

    • fanofevilempire - Mar 4, 2013 at 11:58 AM

      drunk posting?

    • zeedoubleyou - Mar 4, 2013 at 2:33 PM

      Sounds like a job for Big Ben. Will he have security posted at the front of the shed under orders not to let anyone around back?

    • thestudiokida - Mar 4, 2013 at 9:42 PM

      Talk is cheap. Do it yourself. I dare you.

  4. bucrightoff - Mar 4, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Wanna fix the dunk contest? 3 tries max for each player. Making a nice dunk doesn’t have the same impact when you get 30 tries at it.

  5. nygiantstones - Mar 4, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    The dunk contest is pointless and I see no reason why Lebron should participate. Untill there’s someone that truly does something new, who cares? Can anyone jump over the top of the backboard or levitate in mid-air? Otherwise, Jordan’s dunk from the free throw line and Spud Webb’s small man dunks are pretty much the pinnacle of this pointless event and Lebron shouldn’t waste his time.

  6. skinsfanwill - Mar 4, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    No props either. The Dunk contest is a joke now. I can’t even remember the last 4 winners. That’s how much “impact” those guys had.

  7. aboogy123456 - Mar 4, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    So is Magic still going to keep his promise to give $1 million to the winner even if Lebron doesn’t join? I think it would still entice some very good players to join.

  8. smaxster - Mar 4, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Magic Johnson is putting LeBron on spot by saying it is for charity. It makes LeBron look cheap and uncaring selfish if he declines.
    The slam dunk contest unlike the 3 point contest is totally subjective and LeBron has nothing to gain if he wins it and should he lose it he would elevate the winner. The don’t waste your time LeBron tell Tragic Johnson to get some former Laker to participate.

  9. 1972wasalongtimeago - Mar 4, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    Ever think you should do something with your lives, other than stay home on a Saturday night to watch a bunch of guys get judged do something that many people have already done many times?

  10. dirtydavis - Mar 4, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    LBJ is dope. MVP(s), All-star MVP(s), Finals MVP, All NBA selections. All he needs and is a DPY and slam dunk contest top MJ in awards. IF ANYONE can eclipse MJs legacy I think LBJ will be the one

  11. 1972wasalongtimeago - Mar 4, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    LeBron won the dunk contest yesterday when he picked off a lazy JR Smith pass with 0:23 left in the fourth and took off for a killer/all-time/iconic/game clinching dunk on national tv in a sold out MSG.

    I mean, what the hell more do you people want?

  12. davidly - Mar 4, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    The dunk contest was good for a couple of years because there was still room to move with style and creativity of the dunk. Now it’s just stupid. Bury the damn thing.

  13. ogbobbydeas - Mar 4, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    LeBron James doesnt care about fans or the mantle of being an ambassador of the NBA for the world. THE most recognizable player in the league is recognizable not for his williningness to entertain the fans and to win everything he can or at the worst compete but for being a polarizing figure for doing TV shows and Harlem Shake Videos rather than participate in the promotion of the league and his own brand by winning the dunk contest and creating a lasting larger than life legend like the prototyoe Michael Jordan. Jordan was arrogant , but he also realizes that the fans and dominant victories in anything that has to do with elite players make him a legend, not just stats and definitely not Super Teams or even failing. Some guys have it and others dont, LeBron has a championship and MVPs but never the killer instinct or the primal urge to compete and dominate that the true legends of the NBA had. 2nd Tier always to me is LeBron James, will never come close to Jordan or Russell or Dr. J or Magic or Bird or Kobe The Torch has been extinguished , Durant is the true Best in the NBA as he has competed in all events to try and dominate like his Idol Larry Bird and Jordan. He failed , but he COMPETED. LeBron does not have this character and willl eventually wreck Miami’s team just as he did in Cleveland once adversity hits. Time will show the truth about him.

  14. BigBeachBall - Mar 4, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    blindfolded, alley-oop, one handed, under the leg, behind the back, reverse, cradle dunk…. somebody should that…

  15. jjones314 - Mar 5, 2013 at 4:56 AM

    Oggbobby is “Idiot of the Year”

  16. jjones314 - Mar 5, 2013 at 5:02 AM

    He won a title. He was the finals MVP. And still not clutch??? Durant still best player?? But he lost to LBJ in the finals. People just stop. I understand hating someone but damn let it go. You said he would never win a title and he did. Period. Now stop making up excuses, and move on with your pathetic life.

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