Jan. 23, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) during a game against the Toronto Raptors at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Should LeBron James Compete In The NBA Slam Dunk Contest?

Whether you love James or you hate him, there is absolutely no denying his spot as not only the greatest player in the world, but (arguably) the most exciting to watch as well.

For year’s, LeBron James has been electrifying the league with his unbridled athleticism and spectacular highlight-reel jams.

Yet, up until this point, he’s never competed in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest, which is one of the staples of NBA All-Star weekend.

Starting this season, the Eastern and Western Conference will go up against each other in the All-Star competitions. Dwayne Wade of the Miami Heat and Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers will be the captains of their respective conferences.

According to a report by Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com, Wade tried valiantly to persuade James to participate in this year’s Dunk Contest in Houston, but to no avail.

“I tried to convince LeBron,” Wade said Friday before the Heat took on the Indiana Pacers

“I told him I’d throw him a lob and we’ll win,” Wade said. “He turned me down; I think he got nervous.”.

From an excitement standpoint, I don’t think any fan can give a valid enough reason as to why they wouldn’t want to see “King” James throw it down on All-Star weekend.

However, as the famous Rolling Stones song goes, “you can’t always get what you want”.

What reason would James have to compete, other than every NBA fan around the world desperately wanting him to?

Chris Thomas, an avid basketball fan, has come up with an initiative to raise $1 million to entice James to participate. The money would go to the LeBron James Family Foundation, but that’s only if he dunks.

It’s a solid idea, but James could raise that kind of money for his charity at any time, so I doubt that will cut it.

If LeBron were to enter, who would have a shot at beating him? He would be the odds-on favorite no matter who he went up against. Even if he were to lose, having a no-name NBA talent knock him off in such a meaningless event won’t hurt his reputation at all.

He’s already competing in the actual NBA All-Star game, so why not just enjoy Saturday night’s festivities on the sidelines and get some extra rest?

Look, I’d love to see James dunk just as much as the next guy, but trust me, it’s never going to happen.

It sucks, but it’s true.

We all can dream, right?

Chris Walder is the Editor of Sir Charles in Charge. You may follow him on Twitter at @WalderSports

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