We Cannot Be Mad at Lebron James For Not Joining The Dunk Contest

DeAnte MitchellCorrespondent IFebruary 14, 2010

DALLAS - FEBRUARY 12:  NBA player Lebron James during the NBA All-Star celebrity game presented by Final Fantasy XIII held at the Dallas Convention Center on February 12, 2010 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
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Boring, un-creative, not original, all these describe this year’s NBA Dunk Contest.

When you think of a dunk contest, what comes to mind? What come to my mind are, four of the best dunkers in the NBA, in one gym showcasing their skills.

I sure wish that was the case this year.

This year’s dunk contest was brutal. It showcased Nate Robinson, DeMar DeRozan, Gerald Wallace, and Shannon Brown. All of these dunkers have been blessed with great leaping ability but failed to give us a memorable dunk contest.

In recent memory dunk contest participants left us with a dunk that we would remember. However that is what this contest lacked. Despite Nate’s backboard alley-oop 180 dunk!

Lakers Guard Shannon Brown and Bobcats forward Gerald Wallace almost put the voters to sleep with their dunks. Shannon Brown didn’t have any creativity, and Gerald Wallace seemed like he didn’t want to be there. Both players did dunks that anybody in the league could do. Shannon Brown caught an alley-oop from Kobe and threw it down with one hand; can you say boring? And Gerald Wallace did an up-and-under and slammed it home. I’d say they had more yawns than cheers.

So can we really get mad at Lebron for not joining the dunk contest this year?

Lebron James is one of the top dunkers in this league. After last year’s electrifying dunk contest that showcased Kryptonite, and Superman Cavalier’s forward Lebron James said that he would join the 2010 dunk contest.

But when it was time to get the participants ready for the dunk contest, Lebron withdrew his name. All over the internet people were saying how scared he was, or how selfish or how dumb of a move this was. But just like Cavaliers center Shaquille O’Neal I don’t necessarily agree with that.

You’ve seen what Lebron what have been up against. We would have definitely been watching one of the most lop-sided dunk contests in history.

Lebron James is a great dunker, which requires great competition.  If the dunk contest wants Lebron James to become a participant they’ll need to up their competition.