For years the four-time NBA MVP refused to participate in the Slam Dunk contest – and now he has regrets.
Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James admitted that he regrets never having entered the NBA Slam Dunk Contest.
In an interview with guest correspondent Dwayne Wade, James’ former teammate with the Miami Heat, James admitted that it was hard to watch some of the special events because he believes he would have been great at them.
“It’s been some years where I said I was going to do it and didn’t do it,” James said. “And then actually watching the dunk contest, I was mad at myself, because I believe it would have been great.”
In 12 NBA seasons James has turned in some of the greatest slam dunks in NBA history, and recorded more than two dunks on average per game in his last three seasons with the Miami Heat. But at his age he has no plans on suddenly entering the popular competition.
“At this point, I’m over the hill now,” James said. “You ain’t going to see me no time soon. It’s over with.”
Minnesota Timberwolves PG Zach LaVine won the 2015 Slam Dunk Contest, beating Orlando Magic PG Victor Oladipo with a final score of 194 and a perfect 100 score in the first round.
Several years ago, NBA legend Magic Johnson reportedly offered James $1 million just to participate in the contest. James never responded to the request.