LeBron James Was 'Very Close' to Participating in Dunk Contest

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LeBron James Was 'Very Close' to Participating in Dunk Contest
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LeBron James’ all-talk, no-walk approach to the Slam Dunk Contest has aggravated basketball fans for years. Here is one of the game’s biggest stars, a sensational dunker, a man with power, speed, hang time, a man who has jumped over an opponent to complete an alley-oop during a game, a man who throws down lob after lob in game after game. Here, too, is a man who, back in 2009, “preliminarily” said that he would participate in the 2010 Slam Dunk Contest, only to later back out. (Cue booing crowd noise sound effects.)

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