Is that a hint of regret we hear in LeBron James’ voice?
It’s well-known at this point that a dunk contest title will be one of the things both Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant can hold over LeBron’s head, given the fact James has never competed in the event, despite the pleas — and even large sums of money — from fans all across the world.
LeBron is now 33 years of age, and with the number of minutes he has put in on the court over his 15-year career, it’s safe to say James won’t be competing in any dunk contests at all for the rest of his career.
It’s a shame as well, as LBJ has provided us with many the highlight reel dunk over the course of his career, and even if he wasn’t the flashiest of dunkers, he more than made up for it with raw power and posters.
However, during this year’s All-Star weekend festivities, James admitted himself that he actually wanted to compete in the dunk contest back in 2006, but small nagging injuries leading up to the break kept him out of it.
LeBron James said there were multiple years he seriously considered entering Slam Dunk Contest, but says minor injuries occurred. The 05-06 season was a year he intended to compete in.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) February 17, 2018
The 2006 contest saw the likes of Nate Robinson, Andre Iguodala, Hakeem Warrick and Josh Smith all compete in the event, with Robinson taking out the title, his first of three.
It’s fair to say, that with LeBron perhaps just entering his athletic prime around 2006, James had a very good chance to win the whole thing if he competed.
But alas, it’ll remain one of the biggest mysteries in NBA history, and something future NBA fans will always wonder: “Why didn’t LeBron ever compete in the dunk contest?”