Thursday , Nov , 27 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Dwight Howard Might Not Defend Dunk Contest Crown

Howard, who won the slam dunk contest on All-Star weekend, dressed up like Superman and "flew" to the hoop to secure the top prize. He seems to be leaning toward resting on his laurels.

"There’s a good saying, ‘Quit while you’re ahead,’ " Howard said. "I thought I did a great job at the dunk contest last year. I think everybody liked it. I don’t want to mess that up.

"I could top what I did last year in the dunk contest; I do have a lot of ideas. I’m still hoping to do it but Superman and that whole weekend . . . It opened up so many doors in my life, and it showed my personality for people who didn’t know Dwight Howard."