The Slam Dunk Contest won by Jazz forward Jeremy Evans Saturday lacked any buzz. No disrespect to participants Chase Budinger, Paul George, and Derrick Williams, but they don’t get people excited about the competition. Fans, execs, and even the players recognize that — just look at what Kevin Durant tweeted Saturday night.
“It’s time for @KingJames, Mr Westbrook, Mr.Rose, and @DwyaneWade to get in the dunk contest.”
Wade, who is now 30 and in his 9th season, replied “Not me but I agree w the others.”
LeBron James has flirted with entering the competition but he never participated. While having Dwyane Wade and Russell Westbrook involved would be awesome, it’s LeBron who we want. He’s had some of the sickest dunks in the NBA. He’s one of the league’s biggest stars and one of the best dunkers. We want to finally see him put on a show.
Participating in the contest allows a player the chance to enhance his profile and create memories. Why do you think people still talk about Vince Carter, Nate Robinson, and Jason Richardson? Part of their legacies are their spectacular dunks from the contest.
Michael Jordan participated as did Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard. There’s no reason these guys shouldn’t participate. Come on fellas, give the fans a show.