Every year it’s the same thing. Right around the all-star break, LeBron James throws down a few dunks in practice, waits for the video to get out, and basks in all the “Why won’t LeBron do the dunk contest?” chatter.
LeBron threw down at least three dunks after practice in Phoenix today, via this video from Sports360AZ. The first is super-impressive: He hurls the ball a long way off a column—not the back wall, but a column—and takes off 15 nine feet from the rim. The second and third have a lower degree of difficulty, but part of the wow factor is how easy he makes them look. That’s what happens when you’re 6’8″ and among the most athletic people on the planet. Deadspin
Anyone else notice that the Heat are playing Juvenile’s 400 Degreez record during practice? That’s a hip hop classic.
It’s kinda hard not to be salty at Lebron for not doing the dunk contest but I get it.
Wade said today that LeBron can’t enter the dunk contest because “people would expect him to jump over a plane.”
— Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) February 10, 2014
Hyperbole but the point is fair. Social media has cranked up the amount of scrutiny player’s received, and the tone of those extremes has also seeped into media coverage. It’s not like the Miami Heat don’t entertain us. I’m not going to complain. – AL
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