Feb 11, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Miami Heat forward LeBron James reacts in the fourth quarter against the Phoenix Suns at the US Airways Center. The Heat defeated the Suns 103-97. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James on NBA's Slam Dunk contest: I don't want to do it

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Miami Heat superstar LeBron James had to know the question was coming, especially after he decided to put on an impromptu dunk contest with teammates during  a recent practice in Phoenix.

Why is he not in the NBA’s annual Slam Dunk Contest? It’s a simple answer. James doesn’t want to.

The reigning MVP says he isn’t against the dunk contest, but simply isn’t interested in taking part.

Calling himself “not easy to persuade these days,” James laughed when asked why he was against it.

“I’m not against it,” he said. “I just don’t want to do it. Do I have to be against something because I don’t want to do it.”

So why not?

“I don’t know,” James said. “I don’t know.”

Clearly, there is a reason why James is so against participating in the dunk contest. Could it be the thought of losing? Unlike the end result of a basketball game, LeBron isn’t in control when it comes to the dunk contest. Would he would? Yeah, most likely. But with judges deciding the contest, somebody – potentially a high-flying bench warmer, could beat the great James.

Sounds silly, but there has to be a reason James continues to avoid the contest – especially when he sits courtside and watches the event every year.

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