Despite the relative blandness of his Karl Malone-inspired in-game dunks, it’s been established recently that LeBron James can be pretty masterful when it comes to dunking as a way of expression – as evidenced by his recent, stunning throwdown during last week’s pregame warm-ups against the Cleveland Cavaliers. LeBron is on record as saying that he’ll never enter a dunk contest, and in reaction to the fawning (and subsequent questions from media) after his pregame workout he’s even stated that he’ll cut out the crowd-pleasing acrobatic attack if us mugs in the media keep asking him to take part in the darn thing.
Magic Johnson, technically, is part of the media as ESPN’s NBA studio crew. And on Friday, during discussion that should have centered on what potentially could have been the most intriguing matchup of the year between the Heat and Memphis Grizzlies, Johnson decided to waste national airtime talking up something with no significance at all, as is his usual custom. From Reuters:
"Please, LeBron, get in the dunk contest. I'm going to put up a million dollars," former Los Angeles Lakers point guard Johnson said on ESPN's pre-game telecast.
"A million dollars from Magic to LeBron. Please get in the dunk contest. I go every year. I want to see you out there. A million to the winner."
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