The NBA Slam Dunk Contest Needs LeBron James

Woodrow Bellamy IIIContributor IFebruary 11, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 16:  LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Caveliers dunks the ball against the Los Angeles Clippers during the first quarter of the NBA basketball game at Staples Center on January 16, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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The NBA's slam dunk contest is like nothing else in sports.  Primarily because of the overall shock value, and also because of the raw display of sheer athleticism.

No one displays athleticism better than Lebron James, which forces one to wonder; Why isn't Lebron in the 2010 Dunk Contest?

If there's a better dunker in the league than Lebron, let me know.  He's never competed in a dunk contest since he's been in the league.  Whenever it comes to the All Star Saturday night events, he's always on the sidelines laughing it up with fellow ballers.  I bet some of them look at him and say, "Dude, why aren't you out there?"

Does anyone remember Lebron promising to be in the dunk contest this year?  During the 2009 All Star weekend, his exact words were; "Right now, I'm putting my name in the 2010 contest Saturday night."  Yet, when the list came out this year, his name was missing.

Under the collective bargaining agreement, the NBA cannot force players to compete in the dunk contest.  David Stern needs to seriously reconsider this policy, so we won't have to be deprived when the next Adonis comes along and decides he's too good for the dunk contest.

In the past, guys like Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and Vince Carter were more than happy to show off their high flying skills.  However, Lebron seems to be too scared of losing or maybe he thinks the dunk contest is below him.

No one wants to see Nate Robinson do the same dunks he did three years ago, but he'll be there again this Saturday night.  Yeah he's 5'9 and can jump out the gym, but he cant get his whole armpit above the rim the way Lebron can.

Consider this a Public Service Announcement: WE'RE CALLING YOU OUT LEBRON JAMES!  True NBA fans and sports fans in general LOVE the dunk contest, and would LOVE to see you in it.  Feel free to sign up at the last minute and shock us all.  We'll be pleasantly surprised.