Monday, March 4, 2013

A Million Dollars Ain't What it Used To Be

Not too long ago, Magic Johnson, all-time basketball great and ESPN analyst extraordinaire, offered LeBron James essentially $1 million to participate in the Slam Dunk Contest and win it. LeBron was asked about it recently, and said that he's considering it.

LeBron in his usual spot during the dunk contest



I have two visceral reactions to this story that are completely different, and both of them are negative towards LeBron. My first reaction was this: why would THIS, an offer from Magic Johnson, be the final impetus for LeBron to enter the dunk contest? It's not like everyone has been urging him to do it for his entire career or anything. What's another million to LeBron? He made $90 million on his Nike endorsement before he even played a minute in the NBA. He's doing okay financially. A million, though it is a lot, is nothing to LeBron.

My other reaction was: You won't do this for A MILLION DOLLARS?! That's a million dollars to wow everyone on All-Star weekend, to cement your legacy as one of the all-time athletic freaks in NBA history, and to just get a chance to do sweet dunks. You're gonna say no and just let ONE MILLION DOLLARS sit on the table? A MILLION IS A LOT. Some charity couldn't use a million extra dollars? You're a goddamn fraud if you don't do something as easy as the dunk contest for a million dollars. It's not like it's hard work. It's easy for LeBron to dunk. He does it all the time.

So I'm not really sure what to think. I mean, the reason LeBron doesn't do the dunk contest is because he's afraid he'll lose, right? Oh boo hoo I might lose! Me no likey losey! LeBron, you're the best damn dunker in the NBA with the POSSIBLE exception of Blake Griffin. If you pull out some sweet-ass dunks that you think up and practice beforehand, you're not gonna lose. I promise you.

But that's all beside the point. I'm gonna hate this situation whether LeBron does the damn contest or not. At this point, he should have done it already. But if LeBron doesn't do the dunk contest because he's afraid he'll lose, then he's just a little girl with little saddle shoes.

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Photograph of LeBron James

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