Johnson joins in the calls for LeBron to participate in the dunk contest.
Magic Johnson has declared he is willing to put up $1 million to see Miami Heat’s LeBron James take part in the All-Star dunk contest in New Orleans next year.
Hall of Famer and analyst Magic told ESPN’s NBA Countdown pre-game show, that he is ready to offer the winner of the dunk contest the hefty sum in order to help get the biggest stars to take part.
Host Jalen Rose joined in his plea by saying that the contest would be better with All-Star calibre contestants, and Johnson will be hoping his plan works.
“Please LeBron, get in the dunk contest. I’m going to put up a million dollars. A million dollars to LeBron. Please get in the dunk contest. I go every year. I want to see you out there. A million to the winner,” he said.
Throughout his career, James has been faced countless times with questions, pleas and criticism over his choice to not participate in the event.
That has been taken to new heights in recent weeks, after his pre-game dunks for the Heat have gone viral with many questioning why he still refuses to take part.
In an event that was made famous by the likes of Dominique Wilkins and Michael Jordan all those years ago, James’ mere presence along with the likes of Griffin and Kevin Durant would add enough excitement on its own.
Whether Johnson was serious about his offer or not remains to be seen, but it will undoubtedly be a great incentive to finally see the All-Stars make a memorable appearance on the Saturday night billing.