(NEW YORK) — Despite being one of the NBA’s best dunkers, Miami Heat forward Lebron James has never participated in the dunk contest. That could all be changing at Magic Johnson declared he’d put up $1 million if James participates in the event.
Lately, James’ pre-game dunks have been wildly popular, only fueling basketball fan’s desire to see James take part in the annual event. While James has said he has no interest in the past, Johnson isn’t making it any easier on him.
“Please, Lebron, get in the dunk contest. I am going to put up a million dollars,” Johnson said. “A million dollars from Magic to Lebron. Please get in the dunk contest. I go every year. I want to see you out there. A million to the winner.”
Currently, the NBA pays the winner of hte contest $100,000 while the runner-up receives $50,000.
Johnson also added he like to see more stars back in the event. The dunk contest in recent years has catered more to bench and role players, not nearly as many big name player participate in the event compared to previous years.
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Lois M. Collins, Deseret News