Posted on: January 15, 2010 2:46 pm
By Brian Windhorst, The Plain Dealer : The pressure on LeBron James to compete in the Slam Dunk Contest over All-Star Weekend next month is increasing. But the Cavaliers star doesn't seem to be moving from his spot on the fence.
"I'm still 50/50," James said before the Cavs played the Utah Jazz on Thursday night.
When James first had the idea he said he hoped friends like Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and former dunk champ Dwight Howard would take part.
But all of them have backed out, Howard being the last to do so this week.
James has not ruled it out and seems to believe he's got plenty of time to make up his mind. But it also continues to seem like he's going to skip it.
"I haven't made up my mind yet," James said. "If I decide to do it, they might let me do it."
Posted on: January 14, 2010 11:40 am
Edited on: January 14, 2010 11:40 am
By Chris Tomasson, NBA FanHouse : In an interview with FanHouse before Wednesday's game at Denver, Dwight Howard was asked if there's any chance he will take part in next month's event in Dallas. Howard said last month he didn't expect to compete.
"I don't think they're going to announce my name (as a participant)," he said.
Asked if he was sure about that, Howard said, "Yeah."
The NBA did announce Wednesday that TNT will reveal two dunkers Thursday night. The two will battle in a inaugural one-round competition at halftime of the Feb. 12 Rookie Challenge. Fans will then vote by text message or on NBA.com for which one will advance to the Feb. 13 main event.
Monday's announcement will reveal the three dunkers assured of being in the main contest. According to Howard, who has been talking with LeBron James, don't hold your breath waiting for the participation of Cleveland's superstar, who vowed last year to dunk for the first time but since has been wavering.
"Me and him are talking," Howard said. "I don't know if he wants to do it. We do a lot of dunking during the season so those dunk contests take a lot out of you ... I would love to see him get in one. But I doubt he does. I don't think he's going to do it."
Posted on: December 4, 2009 12:04 pm
Edited on: December 4, 2009 3:51 pm
By Brian Schmitz, Orlando Sentinel: Don't get Marcin Gortat wrong: He wants more than anything to help the Orlando Magic win a title this season as Dwight Howard's back-up.
But he told the Sentinel on Thursday that he eventually wants to move out of Howard's immense shadow.
"I love the organization, but I'm not going to stay here being a back-up player and playing five minutes a game," Gortat said. "I hope people understand that. I know I can have a bigger role on another team."
Except that this season he just started a new five-year contract with the Magic. Only a trade can provide a bigger role on another team.
Perhaps Gortat's frustration should not come as a surprise. He was less than enthused when the Magic matched the Dallas Mavericks' offer of five years, $34-million this past summer for the restricted free agent from Poland. He likely would have been the Mavs' starting center.