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LeBron puts on dunking exhibition after practice that probably bests All-Star Dunk Contest

Feb 10, 2014, 4:21 PM EDT

LeBron James is never going to be part of the All-Star Weekend Dunk Contest. That window is closed, more risk than reward for him in that event.

But he can throw it down. After Heat practice Monday in Phoenix (the Heat take on the Suns Tuesday) LeBron put on a little dunking exhibition and… damn. That’s probably better than what we will see Saturday in New Orleans.

Let’s hope Paul George, John Wall and Damian Lillard prove me wrong.

Hat tip to Arizonasports.com for the video.

  1. norcalkingsfan - Feb 10, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    Lebron never doing a dunk contest is a load of BS.

    The dunk at :23 seconds is sick. He can’t jump nearly as well off two though.

    …also, he traveled @ :39. Just sayin’.

    • antistratfordian - Feb 10, 2014 at 4:39 PM

      Don’t watch Dr. J’s free throw line dunks if you’re turned off by traveling.

      • norcalkingsfan - Feb 10, 2014 at 4:50 PM

        dude, you’re retarded…. travel comment was a joke.

        I try to give everyone a fair shake, but I am starting to agree with everyone else who consistently posts on this site. You, antistratfordian, are hopeless.

      • antistratfordian - Feb 10, 2014 at 4:54 PM

        ??? Wow. Why so serious?

        The slur usage and overall defensiveness is a major overreaction here. You’re uptight for a joke maker.

    • asimonetti88 - Feb 10, 2014 at 4:54 PM

      Pretty sure traveling is not only allowed in Dunk Contests, but actually encouraged.

  2. holleywood9 - Feb 10, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    Is he wearing kapris???

  3. cantonbound13 - Feb 10, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    Too much of a wuss to compete. Maybe if they allowed a teammate to participate on each dunk he’d try it?
    Oh yeah, PED’s.

    • bjornreyes - Feb 10, 2014 at 11:09 PM

      Did LeBron sleep with your mom? Why so much hate?

    • detectivejimmymcnulty - Feb 10, 2014 at 11:26 PM

      If Lebron is on PEDs, so is every other superstar. Considering the NBA has no HGH testing that very well could be true.

  4. antistratfordian - Feb 10, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    Some are tres gnarly – full extension and menacing power plus a little pre-dunk pizzaz – but others are not nearly dunk contest worthy. Unfortunately, Monsieur Helin might be right about even the common ones being better or equal to what may come in the dunk contest.

    But this year I do think we’re going to see more good dunks than usual – or maybe that’s just wishful thinking. Keep your fingers crossed. ;)

  5. nykfanwakemeupin2015 - Feb 10, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    Honestly now we know why he has never been in the dunk contest. Graceful and powerful but nothing out of the ordinary….

    Still the best player in the league but far from the best dunker

    • fanofthegame79 - Feb 10, 2014 at 4:54 PM

      A few months back, ProBasketballTalk posted LeBron doing a bunch of “dunk contest” dunks during pre-game warm ups – he was doing between-the-leg-dunks, off the backboard, with ease. I’m sure he could easily take off from the free throw line, and I’d bet my house that he can pull off a 360 (at least). I think he can dunk with the best of them. As for why he didn’t compete in the dunk contest is a personal choice, I guess. Just like some major home run hitters don’t take part in the home run contest.

      • antistratfordian - Feb 10, 2014 at 5:05 PM

        LeBron has done 360s in games – they’re not the most impressive 360s you’ll ever see though. And he can certainly dunk from the free throw line – we’ve seen him jump with his heel on the free throw line in a game – but a free throw line dunk in a contest is not an accomplishment in 2014. It stopped being impressive many years ago, imo. But I think he can probably jump from a lot farther from just the free throw line, which could still impress.

        But it’s not like he planned these dunks and this is his full repertoire, they’re just messing around at practice.

      • spthegr8 - Feb 10, 2014 at 6:03 PM

        @Anti
        SLUUUUUUUUUUUURP!!!!!!

      • asimonetti88 - Feb 10, 2014 at 6:49 PM

        “Just like some major home run hitters don’t take part in the home run contest.”

        Like who? A-Rod, Manny, Bonds, Pujols, Jason Giambi, David Ortiz, Miguel Cabrera, Ryan Howard, Sammy Sosa, Prince Fielder have all taken part in the Derby. Only big HR hitter in recent years I can think of who hasn’t is Adam Dunn.

      • fanofthegame79 - Feb 11, 2014 at 7:19 PM

        Perfect asimonetti88, you provided me with a name: Adam Dunn it is!

  6. casualcommenter - Feb 10, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    Some great dunks there. I really like :23 and :26.

    Still, I think there could be better ones at the actual dunk contest.
    I just hope that this year, we don’t have to watch guys taking 3, 4, 5, etc. tries to get the dunk right, like they did last year.

  7. lakerade - Feb 10, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    This is like when NFL prospects have a pro day on their own field w their own personnel, except that instead of trying to show himself in the best light possible for potential future employers, Lebron’s doing it because others NBA stars made him look bad by actually giving the fans what they want.

    Oh wait, I mean it’s a Rorschach Test about me.

    He’s self-absorbed w a bruised ego.

    • asimonetti88 - Feb 10, 2014 at 4:56 PM

      I believe the correct term is ego contusion.

    • antistratfordian - Feb 10, 2014 at 5:11 PM

      No, this is not anything like that.

      You know, or maybe you don’t, but when you’re a baller and you have some down time, sometimes you have a little dunk contest with your buddies – and if you’re shorter then you have this experience on 8 foot rims at your local elementary school or what have you. That doesn’t mean anyone is trying to do anything other than having some fun. Someone just happened to record it.

  8. doc305 - Feb 10, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    He does these type of dunks after every practice, people just start paying attention because of the hope that he will compete in the dunk competition. I personally wish he would have already, but it doesn’t seem like it’s something he is interested in doing….. than again he could just be planning on the being the oldest player to ever win it at the age of 40… probably with a 720 reverse windmill…. blindfolded…. from the foul line…

  9. 1972wasalongtimeago - Feb 10, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    Daniel Day Lewis doesn’t go non Dancing With the Stars. LeBron doesn’t do Slam Dunk Contests.

    Do yourselves a favor. Saturday night, February 15; get a date. I mean, you’re all grown men right? Do something productive with your Saturday night. And watching a stupid slam dunk contest is just about the lamest thing ever.

    If you really want to watch LeBron dunk, just go on YouTube. He’s dunking for you right there, 24/7. It’s not sponsored by Kia. You don’t have to listen to Barkley or Simmons. You don’t have to sit through some guy from the Raptors you never heard of. You don’t have to see Evander Holyfield holding up 10 cards (sponsored by Gatorade of course).

  10. brandonfoss - Feb 10, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    I didn’t think any of those dunks were that spectacular. I was expecting a lot more..

    • southbeachtalent - Feb 11, 2014 at 12:36 PM

      That guy…

  11. garryfish - Feb 10, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    That was off the wall!

    • southbeachtalent - Feb 11, 2014 at 12:40 PM

      easy peezy…

  12. truthplainandsimple - Feb 10, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    We’re spoiled. That first dunk was crazy. The next two were..ehh..but only because were spoiled with his athleticism. Look at how high he gets, the extension, and where’s he’s jumping from with so much ease. With that said, I was more impressed at how he was tossing that basketball around like a baseball.

  13. nghtrder169 - Feb 10, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    These Lebron “impromptu” dunk showcases he does always seem to come out around the Dunk Contest/All Star break… I wonder why???

    • bballhistorian - Feb 10, 2014 at 10:41 PM

      ^^^^This…exactly!

  14. chris3141084 - Feb 10, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    Doesn’t he release one if these videos around this time every year?? Anything to keep people talking about him.

  15. captainwisdom8888 - Feb 10, 2014 at 6:38 PM

    During his first few years in the league, Lebron would actually look down on the rim when he went up for monster jams. Watching such a big dude get up that high almost defied physics it seemed. He is still one of the best dunkers in the game, but I don’t think he gets up quite as high as he once did. From a pure elevation standpoint…it’s truly crazy to think he used to be better than what we see now…

  16. panchopolarbear - Feb 10, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    Just crazy. A shame he’s not in the contest, but LBJ puts on a dunk show all season. No biggie.

  17. svupper - Feb 10, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    LBJ in an above average dunker, no doubt about that, but unfortunately his ego wont allow him to enter for two reason..

    1. He is never gonna hear the end of it, if he aint gonna win..
    2. Like i said he is an above average dunker, but he aint the best dunker to ever compete and im pretty sure those are the two reasons, why he wont enter the dunk contest..

    That IMO sucks, cause i would really love to see a dunk contest with ALL STARTS an not just some below average player who doesnt belong at the all star weekend..

    LeBron James
    Paul George
    Kevin Durant
    James Harden
    Blake Griffin
    DeMar DeRozan
    DeAndre Jorden

    and the list goes on.. All star weekend should be for all star players..

  18. tomtravis76 - Feb 10, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    How would LeBron entering a dunk contest now be more risk than reward? If he ever decides to do it no matter what stage of his career, it is always a reward for him because the fans get to see more of his personality.

    Do you really think when LeBron ends his career the topic of him losing a dunk contest will ever come up? Oh do you think Nike will drop him? Mike didn’t win them all, and he is the greatest basketball player to ever step on a court.

  19. bballhistorian - Feb 10, 2014 at 10:42 PM

    And LeBron trolls us all again…

  20. smackingfools - Feb 11, 2014 at 1:37 AM

    What’s so impressive about those? They were nice. But nothing that would come close to winning a dunk contest.

  21. mtheparrothead - Feb 11, 2014 at 7:55 AM

    @bjorn,

    No you’ve got it wrong. Lebrons mother was slept with.

    • southbeachtalent - Feb 11, 2014 at 12:37 PM

      So that’s how babies are made?

  22. haaaaasoooooo - Feb 11, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    The timing involved in the long throw off the opposite wall into a reverse was incredible.

    • southbeachtalent - Feb 11, 2014 at 12:39 PM

      Exactly, most of the posters on here are looking at the dunks themselves.. The timing and elevation are sick.

  23. Bababenny - Feb 11, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    meh

  24. bjswoosh805 - Feb 11, 2014 at 6:43 PM

    Damn i wish i had hops like that, but those dunks were ok the first one was probly the best out of them all reminds me of that dunk by Fred Jones (pacers) in the dunk contest back in 2008.

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