LeBron James Shines In Miami Heat Pregame Dunk Contest

By Vytis Lasaitis
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Before the Miami Heat took on the Sacramento Kings at American Airlines Arena last night, the Heat players held their own little dunk contest for the early-arriving fans and, unsurprisingly, LeBron James took center stage.

The Los Angeles Clippers have been known to hold a little dunk contest before every game, entertaining the fans that have otherwise little to do until the game tip off. It seems that the Heat liked the idea and decided to put on their own show for the fans.

LeBron showed off some of his athleticism by throwing the ball up in the air and letting it bounce once before jumping, putting the ball through his legs and throwing it down hard. You can watch the dunk here.

Before the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, James showed off with another great dunk. In footage captured by fans, James began with a spin move at the three-point line. He then jumped, put the ball through his legs, threw it at the backboard and leaped to the basket where he finished hard. You can watch the clip uploaded by a fan here.

A lot of fans have been hoping to see James participate in the Slam Dunk Contest during All-Star weekend, but he has not been willing to put his name down for the competition. When asked about it during this year’s All-Star weekend in Houston, James said that if the fans want to see him dunk, they should arrive early to Miami’s games.

James has indicated that it is unlikely that we will ever see him perform his best dunks in the Slam Dunk competition, saying that he is getting old now, even though he is only 28 years old. James might be a better in-game dunker, but he would undoubtedly excite a lot of fans if he ever participated in the contest.

Vytis is a Miami Heat and NBA columnist for RantSports. You can follow him on Twitter here: @VytisLasaitis

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