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Report: Damian Lillard to participate in Dunk Contest, could compete in five events All-Star Weekend

Feb 6, 2014, 12:56 AM EDT

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There’s going to be some star power in the dunk contest this year after all.

In fact, Damian Lillard could be using his star power at pretty much every event All-Star weekend (Feb. 14-16 in New Orleans).

Lillard, the All-Star guard of the Portland Trail Blazers and the reigning Rookie of the Year, for sure will be part of the dunk contest — and maybe a whole lot more, reports Chris Haynes at CSNNW.com.

Portland Trail Blazers All-Star guard Damian Lillard has accepted the league’s invitation to participate in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest during All-Star Weekend in New Orleans, a league source informed CSNNW.com…

The NBA has broached Lillard with an attractive, unprecedented opportunity. They’ve asked him to consider the Three-Point Shooting Contest as well, another source relayed to CSNNW.com.

So far, the reigning Rookie of the Year is committed to defending his Skills Challenge title; he’s competing in the Dunk Contest, the Rising Stars Challenge and the All-Star game. No player in the history of the game has ever competed in all five All-Star Weekend events in the same weekend.

Who is competing in the All-Star Saturday Night events — the Skills Challenge, the Three Point Contest and the Dunk Contest — will be announced on Thursday on the TNT Inside the NBA pregame show at 7 p.m. Eastern. Some dunk contest names are leaking out.

Five events sounds like a lot for a weekend that is supposed to be a bit of a break in the schedule — but why not? He’s only 23, and if he wants to build his name and brand recognition this is one heck of a way to do it.

I now want Lillard to go for five. Of course, I’m not the one who has to do the work, but let’s hope he goes for it.

  1. money2long - Feb 6, 2014 at 1:14 AM

    good

  2. bjswoosh805 - Feb 6, 2014 at 1:46 AM

    Oh wow!! good for him but im pretty excited abt Wall, PG24, ross and this kid joining the dunk contest. hopefully it happens. I’ll be rooting for Wall tho im curious what kind of dunks he can pull off

  3. antistratfordian - Feb 6, 2014 at 2:14 AM

    Why not… better than nothing.

  4. theromeo2k - Feb 6, 2014 at 4:31 AM

    What!? No disrespect to Lillard, he’s a hell of a player, but the guy can barely dunk.

    Now I understand why guys like the Lebrons, Griffins, etc. (Great Dunkers) don’t wanna participate in these contests anymore. Smh!

    • money2long - Feb 6, 2014 at 8:56 AM

      I don’t think he’s the type to accept he invite if he feels he’ll embarrass himself or expose his lack of an aerial arsenal. He obviously feels he’s capable of putting on a show

  5. timberwolvesbrisin - Feb 6, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    Seems like to much publicity for one guy.

  6. gostlcards5 - Feb 6, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    I will be surprised if PG does it. In a couple of different interviews, I heard him get asked if he would want accept an invite to the slam dunk contest, and each time he has said he would not.

    That being said, if he has changed his mind, he should have a pretty good shot, as he’s thrown down a few nice ones this year.

    • gostlcards5 - Feb 6, 2014 at 1:31 PM

      *if he would accept….

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