But it sounds as if Wade's pleas have been as ineffective as those voiced by the fans for the past decade.
"On the dunk contest?" James said when Wade asked him (per Windhorst's report). "Oh no, that's out."
It isn't hard to envision what James would look like in the competition. Not with the "King" offering contest-worthy throwdowns on a nightly basis.
The event has come under wide scrutiny of late, with big names shunning the event year after year.
The actual product itself hasn't lacked entertainment, but when seldom-used Utah Jazz reserve forward Jeremy Evans leads the competition (as he did in 2012), the fan frustration becomes understandable.
Maybe the one thing holding James back is the fact that he can't be his own passer during the two-man portion of the event. His passing ability and creativity could rival the wow-factor of his sheer athleticism.
On second thought, he impresses no matter who sets up his jams.
The question at hand isn't whether James could win the event (that'd be a given), but if there is any incentive for him to actually compete.
Hoops fan Chris Thomas has tried providing the incentive, attempting to raise $1 million for the LeBron James Family Foundation if the Heat star participates in the event, per Royce Young of CBSSports.com.
That may sound like the ultimate enticement, but James is more than capable of bolstering his charity on his own if he feels so inclined.
As amazing as it would be to see what James could draw up, there's simply no good reason for him to enter.
There's nothing to gain. He'd be an overwhelming favorite, so how much credit would he get for the win? If he somehow stumbled and someone else walked away the winner, it would disappoint fans far beyond another invitation declined.
With championship thoughts on his mind and a busy 2012 that rarely saw him rest barely in the rearview mirror, there's no need to put any additional strain on his body.
So rather than bemoaning his lack of interest, just enjoy his in-game offerings. They'll probably be better than anything you're going to see on Feb. 16.
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