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The NBA announced the participants in this years dunk contest which includes 2009 Champ Nate Robinson of The New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers’ Shannon Brown, Charlotte Bobcats’ Gerald Wallace, and either Los Angeles Clippers’ Eric Gordon or Toronto Raptors’ DeMar DeRozan.

However noticeably absent was LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Last year King James created quite a buzz when he said he planned to participate in the dunk contest. For James, his comment made last year was in the heat of the moment and he had hoped it would entice other NBA stars to join the competition and bring the flare back to a dying event. When no one else joined in, James seemed to begin to waver on his promise.

However, following the Cavaliers’ victory over the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday, teammate Shaquille O’Neal seemed to provide a remedy on how to get James, and other NBA stars, into this year’s dunk contest.

O’Neal was quoted: “As his manager, I will only allow LeBron to do the dunk contest if Vince Carter comes back out, if Kobe (Bryant) comes back out and if another big name comes back out. And if we can get a big prize and half of the money go to the people of Haiti and the other half to the winner.

“The guys that are in it, no disrespect to them, but they wouldn’t really be any competition for LeBron.”

I have to agree with Shaq. Check out high LeBron gets on this alley-oop attempt.

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