Originally posted on Sports-Glory  |  Last updated 2/2/13
Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade tried to use his power as the captain of the Eastern Conference All-Stars to get his fellow teammate LeBron James to compete in the dunk or three-point contests. Wade has input into whom the NBA selects for the popular contests on Feb. 16, but Wade was unsuccessful in changing James's mind on the events. In December, James said he would never compete in the dunk contest, but Wade figured he could possibly change his mind. "I tried to convince LeBron," Wade said Friday.  "I told him I'd throw him a lob and we'll win, he turned me down; I think he got nervous." "On the dunk contest?" James said when Wade asked him. "Oh no, that's out." James, who's shooting a career-high 40 percent from 3-point range, also turned down participating in the 3-point contest. "I went 0-for-2," Wade said. "He said he didn't want to shoot."  Wade and Los Angeles Clippers star Chris Paul have been chosen as the captains in the new NBA All-Star Saturday format, which pits the East against the West in a night of competition. As part of the new format, points earned by each conference throughout the four All-Star Skills Competitions will determine the conference that earns the title of 2013 State Farm All-Star Saturday Night Champion. Also, each conference will have an All-Star Saturday Night captain who will lead his team during the event. The 62nd NBA All-Star weekend is Feb. 15-17, at the Toyota Center in Houston.
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