The NBA Slam Dunk Contest has become the equivalent of doing stand-up comedy for a comedian. It is something you do as you rise through the ranks in hopes of attaining stardom.
Once you get to a certain level, i.e.: major movies/NBA All Star appearances, it becomes something you're too big to participate in.
"It's over with. I'm getting too old for that. ... There were times when I wanted to do it. But I came into All-Star Weekend a few times banged up and I didn't want to risk further injury."
Too old for that? No, dude is 27 years old.
Too good for that? Perhaps, it depends on your thinking.
It is obvious he still has the itch, as evidenced by this teaser tweet he recently released on his account.
Dunk contest?— LeBron James (@KingJames) February 8, 2013
Come on man, stop doing this to the people. Let the king represent and breathe some life back into the dunk contest.
Even if he appears, there is no guarantee he'd win. James certainly has the explosion, but winning the contest is about more than just hops.
It takes creativity and personality. Those are the two traits that separate game-dunkers from contest-dunkers. Rarely will you see a guy that is both.
The following list is made up of aerial studs that have either never competed in the contest, or didn't emerge victorious in their previous attempts.
The dunk contest field for the 2013 NBA Slam Dunk Contest has been announced (SLAM), but there are still a good number of very talented omissions.
Check out the 10 players we wish would do the dunk contest.