Zach LaVine Says He Would Beat LeBron James in a Dunk Contest

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistFebruary 15, 2015

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LeBron James may be the best player in the NBA, but Minnesota Timberwolves 19-year-old dunking sensation Zach LaVine would take his chances against the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar in a dunk contest.

LaVine won the 2015 NBA Slam Dunk Contest with some great theatrics and jaw-dropping finishes. The dunk competition confirmed what many already knew about the Timberwolves rookie: The kid can throw it down with the best of them.

On Sunday, LaVine went on ESPN's SportsCenter to talk about his triumph at All-Star Saturday Night. That's when he was asked if he thought he could beat James in a dunk contest.

Here's LaVine's answer: "See, I know LeBron's got some stuff in him that he ain't showed the world, either. LeBron's one of the most freaky athletes of all time, so I don't know. But like I said, I'm a confident person. I never go against my own talents, so I gotta say me."

LaVine gave James plenty of respect, but in the end, he has confidence in himself to beat anyone he goes up against.

Fans have wanted James to participate in the dunk contest since he entered the league, but he's always refused. And at 30 years old, he's not likely to enter one in the future.

The dunk contest victory cemented LaVine among the NBA's dunking elite. Odds are, though, we'll never get to witness this heavyweight bout between two of the game's highest flyers, but speculating who might win is almost as entertaining.

[Black Sports Online]

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