Originally written March 02, 2013 on Atlantic Twine:
  Via ESPN.com I want to start off by saying $1 million is relatively the same thing as $50 grand to Jay-Z, or at least I would assume so. So now we have Magic Johnson offering LeBron $1 million to participate in the Dunk Contest, or to anyone who could beat him. Despite the enormous amount of respect that LeBron has for Magic, I’d continue to be shaking my head if I were Bron-Bron. It’s no secret the Dunk Contest has been terrible over the past several years. There aren’t any more Vince Carter’s, or Jason Richardson’s, or Dominique Wilkins’. We’ve also hit a point in dunking where it’s near impossible to create something that hasn’t already been done, without the use of cars, cheerleaders, or telephone booth’s. But that was no excuse when Vince Carter revolutionized the contest in 2000. The same thing was said, and he went out and pushed even more boundaries. I don’t blame LeBron one bit for not participating in any of these past dunk contests. They’ve been outright jokes. And if LeBron wants to put on a show for the 200 fans that happen to show up to a Miami Heat game early, then so be it. Maybe it’s a ploy to have Miami fans show up before halftime. Leave the man alone. I’m glad he came out and said he would continue doing it, I don’t believe LeBron is doing it for his teammates, but whatever excuse he gives himself to continue is good in my book. “I don’t do it for anyone besides our team,” James said. “We came up with something to say, ‘Let’s get warmed up even more.’ We’re happy our fans love it, and we’re going to continue to do it. It’s something we enjoy. It’s something that gets us up for the game.”  

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