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Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade was appointed the captain of the Eastern Conference for All-Star Saturday. After obtaining such a title, it only further enticed the pressure he decided to give fellow star LeBron James to take part in some of the events.
It is no secret that pretty much every basketball fan, like him or hate him, has wanted James to partake in the NBA’s All-Star weekend dunk contest. Wade has been trying to get James to do the event but so far it has failed. According to ESPN, Wade said, "I tried to convince LeBron. I told him I'd throw him a lob and we'll win. He turned me down; I think he got nervous."
Even after saying no to the dunk contest, he also declined for the three point shooting contest, for now at least. The dunk contest has not been exciting for the past few years because players have been adding too many props like cars and other things. Dunk contests were better in the past when men just went up straight to the rim and creatively dunked. Alley-oops and other assisting passes are really nice too, just as long as it doesn’t get too flashy. James might be deterred from entering the contest because he might risk injuring himself and it would not be worth the season.
That’s why when teammate Wade asked him, the Bleacher Report reports that James said it was completely out of the picture.
So we, as fans, will just have to hope that the NBA has players signup that hopefully bring creativity and power to their dunks.