LeBron focused on present, not dunk contest
Might LeBron James be reconsidering participating in the dunk contest one day?
James has never taken part in the NBA All-Star Weekend event and has maintained he never will. However, the Heat star has drawn attention of late with spectacular dunks he has been showing off during warmups before games.
That prompted former Los Angeles Laker, Hall of Famer and ESPN/ABC basketball analyst Magic Johnson to offer a $1 million incentive to get James to change his mind.
“Please, LeBron, get in the dunk contest,” Johnson said on Friday during ESPN’s NBA pregame show. “I’m going to put up a million dollars. A million dollars from Magic to LeBron. Please get in the dunk contest. I go every year. I want to see you out there. A million to the winner.”
Prior to the Heat’s 99-93 win against the Knicks on Sunday, ESPN’s Lisa Salters asked him about the offer, to which James replied, “Tell him I’ll get back to him.”
Not exactly a yes, but not closing the door on the idea either.
After the game, James was asked to clarify where things stand, and his response will do little to muzzle future questions about his plans.
“Right now, I don’t know, it doesn’t really stand anywhere,” James told reporters. “Right now I’m so focused on what we’re doing as a team — shoot, All-Star weekend is how far away? I’m not even really thinking about that right now. But it was entertaining to hear him say that.”