Originally written on Awful Announcing  |  Last updated 11/17/14
Friday I pleaded to stop the madness and obsession over the made up controversy swirling around LeBron James and his dunking.  No less than 24 hours later, Magic Johnson put up $1 million dollars on national television to try to entice LeBron James to participate in next year's dunk contest. I kid you not.  One.  Million.  Dollars.  Here's the video evidence from Friday night's ESPN NBA studio show... This is stupid on so many levels.   First of all, as has been widely reported, the dunk contest winner already gets $100,000, so it's not like these no-name NBA players are competing for free.  Second of all, what's $1 million dollars to LeBron James, who makes that much money every night in his sleep?  (Or Magic Johnson for that matter, who has spent something along the lines of eleventy bajillion dollars on the Dodgers.)  Third of all, ESPN is already promoting Magic Johnson's challenge/offer/desperate attempt at publicity with its own #MagicMillion hashtag (which is really taking off on Twitter).  Fourth of all, if LeBron actually accepts this offer, he does nothing but look like a selfish, greedy SOB that's only in it for the money.  (See Decision, The.)  Fifth of all, it's yet another manufactured story and controversy originating from ESPN out of thin air.  Sixth of all, it's just a colossal waste of everyone's time with the 2014 Slam Dunk Contest a mere 11 and a half months away. Let's break this down and follow it to its logical conclusion, though.  Let's say LeBron actually accepts this preposterous offer.  Is he the only one to get $1 million as an entrance fee of some kind?  Does the million go into the purse for the winner of the contest (again if only LeBron participates)?  If that's the case, do other NBA stars become interested?  Let's say Blake Griffin, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, Paul George, and Russell Westbrook become interested.  Who gets left out?  What happens to the rebuilding of LeBron's image if he races towards the dunk contest not because of the fans, but to chase Magic's million.  Maybe he really needs a few upgrades to his home entertainment center, who knows.  I don't want to be "that guy" but wouldn't everyone be better off if Magic Johnson had offered to donate a million dollars to the charity of next year's winner's choice? To his credit, James isn't taking the bait thus far, nor should he.  It's just another distraction created by the media that has nothing to do with his play on the court.  Could you imagine the media being so bored by Michael Jordan during the early or late 90's that national television analysts would have to wave a million dollars in front of him to compete in an exhibition contest?  Please! It's just another excruciating example of today's media creating a worthless story out of nothing.  Instead of appreciating the amazing season LeBron James is having, instead of finding something relevant to say about it, instead of an analyst... I don't know... analyzing the actual game of basketball (?!?!), we're left with this dunk contest debate that feels like the sports equivalent of reading again at a third grade level.  We've been here.  We've done this.  Enough.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

NFLPA President compares Goodell to a 2-year-old

NFL explains how Super Bowl balls will be prepped

Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao close to deal for fight

TJ Lang: Suh wanted to fight me after stepping on Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Hernandez jurors allowed to watch Super Bowl

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Tiger misses cut: ‘I’m only doing this so I won’t get fined’

Rex Ryan: Seahawks need to ‘take the air out of the football’

J.J. Watt buys cabin in the middle of nowhere to train

Six teams have done background work on Peterson

NBA set to earn $700M through streaming deal in China

Wade Phillips is the best coordinator hire this offseason

WATCH: Tom Brady sings about balls being deflated

WATCH: Bruce Pearl gets warm reception in Tennessee return

WATCH: Serena Williams loses point for yelling "come on!"

Report: Missy Elliott joining Katy Perry for halftime show

WATCH: Jimmy Butler throws down half-court alley-oop

President Obama zings Patriots over Deflate-gate

Each major conference's Player Of The Year candidates

Super Bowl XLIX preview and predictions: Patriots-Seahawks

49 Stops to Super Bowl XLIX

Most unexpected MLB free agent signings of past 10 years

Five most villainous Super Bowls of all time

Super Bowl ad focuses on acceptance of gay athletes

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

WATCH: Tom Brady sings about balls

Missy Elliott to join Katy Perry at SB?

Obama zings Pats over Deflate-gate

Each major conference's POY candidates

Super Bowl XLIX preview and predictions: Patriots vs. Seahawks

The 13 things we want to see in Super Bowl XLIX

49 Stops to Super Bowl XLIX

Tiger Woods, misses cut: ‘I’m only doing this so I won’t get fined’

Ranking the repeat SB champions

Roger Goodell grilled on Deflategate

Katy Perry, Russell Wilson dating?

Rex Ryan has advice for Seahawks

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.