LeBron James knows how to keep his fans on their toes.
Last night, after the participants of the 2012-13 NBA Sprite Slam Dunk Contest were announced, James tweeted this:
— LeBron James (@KingJames) February 8, 2013
What could this mean? Is James finally interested in participating in the Dunk Contest? NBA fans have been waiting for nine years for James, one of the best dunkers in the game, to take part in the contest that celebrates the best high-flyers in the league.
James White, Kenneth Faried, Gerald Green, Terrance Ross, Eric Bledsoe and Jeremy Evans have been announced as participants, but if James wants in, someone would certainly be out.
Although this isn’t fair to one of the potential dunkers, it is about time that James decided to join in the contest. Virtually every great dunker has made the contest great, from Michael Jordan to Dominique Wilkins to Kobe Bryant to Nate Robinson.
In the past few years, the contest has lost that star-powered appeal that made it great, but if James does decide to participate, views will skyrocket and the Dunk Contest will become relevant once again.
Maybe James didn’t mean anything by his tweet; perhaps he wanted to gauge his fans’ excitement about the already announced participants. However, James is pretty savvy when it comes to how he handles himself in public, and this seems to be a sure sign that he will be participating in the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest.
Is anyone else as excited as I am? We’ve been waiting nine years for this! Hopefully James doesn’t get our hopes up only to let us down again.