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Paul George says dunk contest competition will determine his participation (so, he’s probably out)

Jan 20, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

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Paul George reportedly said he he doesn’t want to participate in the dunk contest, but he’s at least leaving the door open, if just a crack.

George, via Scott Agness of Pacers.com (hat tip: Zach Harper of Eye on Basketball):

When asked whether he had declined the offers, George said, “No, I haven’t declined. I’m keeping my options open.”

“It would all depend on who’s in it,” he stated. “I want to be in it when the competition is good.”

In all likelihood, this is George’s way of declining while shifting the blame onto someone else.

The dunk contest doesn’t draw top top stars anymore, and I doubt the type of names George is seeking even consider participating.

It’s been five years since an All-Star starter – which George will certainly be – has participated in the dunk contest. Most recently, Dwight Howard did it in 2009.

It’s even been a while since a veteran All-Star participated in the dunk contest, even someone whose star power doesn’t warrant a starting spot.  Blake Griffin did it as a rookie in 2011, and Gerald Wallace came off the bench in the 2010 All-Star game after participating in the dunk contest the night before.

It’d be awesome if George participates in the dunk contest, because that would mean a stacked field. But that all-or-nothing scenario almost certainly means fans will miss out on dunks like this:

  1. antistratfordian - Jan 20, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    PG had his fill, didn’t like the taste.

    It seems strange to me in hindsight that Vince Carter – maybe the greatest dunker in history – only participated in one dunk contest. Long gone are the days when superstars like Dr. J, Drexler, Nique and MJ would participate in 3 or 4 of them, but I suppose in those days you had a lot less to lose by losing.

    And I think it’s safe to say that Andrew Wiggins will be in it next year, so 2015 might have more people interested.

  2. dinofrank60 - Jan 20, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    He shouldn’t do it. He doesn’t want to do it; why do I want to see somebody do what he doesn’t want to do?

    • mytthor - Jan 21, 2014 at 12:06 AM

      Well if he decides to participate it’s not like he’s going to pout and go throw down simple dunks as protest. If he decides to play I’m sure he’ll try to kill it.

      • dinofrank60 - Jan 21, 2014 at 7:25 PM

        He won’t pout, because the league will get upset if he does and all of the blather about being a pro. I just don’t see why the static he might get if he bows out. I know fans love to tell everyone what to do, but I ain’t telling a guy to do something for me when he doesn’t want to do it. Unless it is something serious, like loan me $25,000, but a slam dunk contest ain’t it!

  3. jennsanz - Jan 20, 2014 at 4:08 PM

    Yeah… I thought this guy is someone who would take the chance but it seems like he got his head swelling already..

    • mytthor - Jan 21, 2014 at 12:07 AM

      Do you have any evidence that his not being in the dunk contest is symptomatic of some sort of ego trip?

      • jennsanz - Jan 21, 2014 at 1:13 PM

        Yeah… what if the contestants where not that much of a contest for him? would he join? probably not.. he’s good and he’ll probably win.. but sayin that ““I want to be in it when the competition is good.” huh? wow! Win one first before you say that..

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