January 18, 2010
Defending Slam Dunk champion Nate Robinson will attempt to become the first three-time winner of the competition when he defends his title on NBA All-Star Saturday Night, Feb. 13, at American Airlines Center in Dallas.
Lil' Nate Rob — who is likely only back in the contest because of the league's collective bargaining agreement — will compete against the Bobcats' Gerald Wallace(notes) (who participated once before in '02) and the Lakers' Shannon Brown(notes). (Rejoice!)
The Raptors' DeMar DeRozan(notes) and the Clippers' Eric Gordon(notes) will compete in the NBA All-Star Slam Dunk-In, a single-round, two-dunk challenge that will be held at halftime of Friday night's Rookie Challenge.
Notice anyone missing?
LeBron announced during last year's dunk contest that he would compete this season, but he is not scheduled to appear. I'm sure we'll hear lots more about this "controversial" decision over the next few days. (Twitter is already going crazy!)
The 2010 participants were unveiled Monday at a special event at New York's Pennsylvania Station, where artist Dan Dunn brought each player's image to life in a speed painting display on giant canvases.
And, well, NBA press release or not, I'm still trying convince myself this portrait is actually LeBron.
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