James will not be participating in the Dunk Contest this weekend.
Miami Heat star LeBron James put on a stunning impromptu slam dunk display which has left NBA fans wondering whether or not he would win the All-Star Dunk Contest.
The 29-year-old will represent the Eastern Conference in the All-Star Game in New Orleans on Sunday night, but as is usually the case he will not participate in any of the events on Saturday night, including the Dunk Contest.
James has been criticised by certain sections of the media for years for his decision not to take part, but after a good practice session ahead of their game with the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night, he put on his own show.
“That’s rare, very, very rare,” James said after the dunk show. “We had a great practice and we felt good. When it stops becoming fun, you should stop playing.”
Teammate Dwyane Wade insisted that he is left amazed by some of the dunks that James does in practice, but concedes that he probably won’t show off his skills in the contest before his time is up in the NBA.
Meanwhile, James himself has previously labelled himself an “in-game dunker”, although he did fire up the debate by insisting that he would win the contest if he took part.
Watch the video below to see James’s Dunk show in practice: