Friday , Jan , 15 , 2010 C.Y. Ellis

LeBron James: I’m 50/50 on the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

LeBron James: I'm 50/50 on the Sprite Slam Dunk ContestAfter confidently stating that he’d make a showing in this year’s Sprite Slam Dunk Contest, LeBron James looks as if he might be backing out.  LeBron, who announced his provisional attempt to compete during the 2009 dunk-off, now sounds a little less likely to throw his hat in the ring.

"I’m still 50/50."

Ugh.  I can’t be the only one to think that LeBron, being the competitor that he is, would pull out something special for the contest.  Word is, however, that he was planning to convince Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony and Dwight Howard to join him in the contest.  Since he evidently was unable to do so, he may have got cold feet about the whole thing and decided to back out.

There’s still hope, though.

"I haven’t made up my mind yet.  If I decide to do it, they might let me do it."

Cryptic, but potentially promising.  On the one hand, it may mean that they already have three competitors picked (with Eric Gordon and DeMar DeRozan competing for the fourth spot in the Dunk-In), in which case they’d have to displace someone to accommodate LeBron.  On the other, it may mean that they’ve had no contact with James, who therefore doesn’t know if there’s space for him.  Whatever the case, I have no doubt the NBA would make room if LeBron James, the biggest name to compete in a long time, wanted to take part.

So, do you think LeBron will end up competing in the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest?  If not, which players would you like to see in the field?  Would James be a sure bet as the winner?  Let us know what you think by leaving a comment at the bottom of the page.