Feb 19, 2009 at 1:50 am | around-the-nba
James is still hedging a little on his proclamation that he wants to compete in the Slam Dunk Contest next year, but he didn’t say it in the heat of the moment. He feels the contest has “gotten out of control” and he plans to recruit some of his fellow superstars to take it back.
“It’s got to be cleaned up, they have to go back to maybe the ’80s with [Michael Jordan] and Dominique [Wilkins],” James said. “You can’t have so many chances at dunking the basketball. The whole anticipation of a dunk contest is one or two tries and that’s it. If not you get (a score of) 30 or 35. Guys are getting 10 opportunities to do the same dunk, by the time they complete it, it is like … ‘OK, we’ve seen it.'”
Over the last several years, rules have been changed to allow numerous chances plus props and other trickery that have taken the emphasis off execution. That, James said, was what he’s been avoiding all these years. “Right now I am going to be in it; I won’t be the only big-name guy, I’ll make sure I get a few guys,” James said. “I’m making my game plan.” Source: cleveland.com.
Who would you like to see along LeBron James to participate in the dunk contest?