For years, fans have been wanting Miami Heat forward LeBron James to show off his impressive dunking arsenal and compete in the Slam Dunk Contest during the NBA All-Star Weekend.
On Saturday night after the Heat's 105-89 home victory over the Utah Jazz, James ended all speculation about him competing in the contest. When asked, if he would ever compete, James said:
“No,’’ said James to Fox Sports Florida. “It’s over with. I’m getting too old… It’s a taxing season. A lot of stars play a lot of the bulk of the minutes. So they got to protect their body and understand that they got to do what’s best for them. There were times when I wanted to do it. But I came into All-Star Weekend a few times banged up and I didn’t want to risk further injury."
The Slam Dunk contest will take place during the NBA All-Star Weekend at Houston's Toyota Center Feb. 16. The NBA All-Star Game will be held Feb. 17. Last year's contest was won by Utah Jazz forward Jeremy Evans.