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Paul George says he turned down request to do dunk contest

Jan 20, 2014, 2:17 AM EDT

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Been there. Done that.

Not sure that was the exact response of Paul George to the NBA league office, which requested his presence in the All-Star Saturday dunk contest, but he turned them down according to the Indy Star (hat tip Eye On Basketball).

And don’t bet on him showing up for anything else on All-Star Saturday night. He’s just doing the big show Sunday.

On Saturday night, George said that he declined an invitation by the league to compete in this year’s Slam Dunk Contest in New Orleans.

Although George —who made his first All-Star appearance as a player last year — has not completely closed the door on the possibility, he confirmed that he likely will not participate in other All-Star weekend events such as the Skills Contest and will not make a return appearance to the 3-point Shootout.

George did compete in the 2012 dunk contest (he jumped over two people) but doesn’t want to play that game again.

It’s not yet official — voting ends Monday night, so you can still cast a ballot — but George will be voted in by the fans as one of the frontcourt starters in the Easter Conference (along with LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, which basically pushes LeBron to the center spot against Dwight Howard).

Can’t say I blame the George for saying no, but it is our loss. Because he can dunk.

  1. davidly - Jan 20, 2014 at 3:46 AM

    Smart move. Not only would any perspective dunk he managed in this so-called competition pale in comparison to the one depicted above — any dunk by any competitor in the contest is rendered child’s-play by LeBron James, in-game, every night he plays.

    Sure, a lot of fans like the slam-dunk event — but I’d never miss it. Aside from the iconic image of Jordan doing a move he copped from Dr. J. anyway (and catalyzed through massive marketing) does anybody remember all-star weekend in March? Anthony Jerome Webb comes to mind, but mostly it’s just, meh.

  2. vikesdynasty - Jan 20, 2014 at 4:11 AM

    Wish these superstars would become better ambassadors of the game.

  3. 24thesho - Jan 20, 2014 at 6:29 AM

    Because that dunk was so so 360 dunk. The form, his legs all over the place, the whole thing. Great player, okay dunk.

    • asimonetti88 - Jan 20, 2014 at 10:42 AM

      Let’s see you do it

    • pbtunpaidwriter - Jan 20, 2014 at 5:10 PM

      PG aint on Lebron’s level to be rejecting dunk contests. What a copycat.

  4. 00maltliquor - Jan 20, 2014 at 6:47 AM

    Okay dunk? Nah. In game dunk this judge sippin’ on 2/11 Steel Reserve gives it a 10/10…even if he was drinking water.

  5. mannyicey - Jan 20, 2014 at 7:44 AM

    Since no one wants to participate, can we just get rid of the dunk contest. No one wants to see no-named people doing very similar dunks that superstars used to do. In other words, only All-Stars should participate in All-Star festivities- with the exception of the Rookie game.

    • bougin89 - Jan 20, 2014 at 12:24 PM

      Totally agree. It’s not a quality contest. I’d even prefer something in the line of “high” dunk contest. Where the basket gets raised up after every round. No style points just a dunk.

      It’d be much more interesting to see Lebron dunk on a 12 foot rim(or higher) than to see the same repeated dunks year after year in the dunk contest.

  6. metalhead65 - Jan 20, 2014 at 8:07 AM

    why should he put the time and effort in it again only to get hosed by the judges because he did not jump over some midget celebrity? he should have won it for the dunk in the dark he did let alone dunking over 2 people. if you can’t appreciate the dunk he did against the clippers then you know nothing about basketball. Pacer fans will enjoy watching him dunk in the game where it matters.

  7. ranfan12 - Jan 20, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    clippers got clipped badly lol

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