LeBron James reminded us all this week of LeBron the dunk artist, completing a ridiculous high-flying one-handed alley-oop over John Lucas in Sunday afternoon’s Miami Heat win over the Chicago Bulls. With that dunk came increased speculation about King James potentially taking part in his first All-Star Slam Dunk Contest this season.
“I don’t know,” James told Ethan Skolnick of the Palm Beach Post. “I’ll be on the fence every year about it. It’s always a fence year for me. I know they’re getting tired of me, though, so I’m not even going to start up nothing.”
Despite being one of the game’s best athletes for eight seasons, going on nine, LeBron has never competed in the annual dunk-off. He came close three years ago, committing to participate in the 2009 event before quietly backing out later. He maintains that he’s still interested.
“I have thought about it before and a few times in the past I kind of had an ankle injury that kind of kept me out of it,” James said. “A couple of times, I was just like, ‘You know what, I’m going to go in here and rest my legs for this weekend and then get back to the regular season.”
The dunk contest is scheduled for Saturday night, Feb. 25, in Orlando.