Paul George may still participate in Dunk Contest

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Ever since Paul George laid down the year’s best dunk on Saturday night against the Los Angeles Clippers, the NBA world has been buzzing with whether or not George would compete in this year’s Slam Dunk Contest. The original reports were that George had no interest in joining the dunk contest, but recent comment by PG24 say otherwise.

George has competed before. George did the “Light’s Out” jam back in 2012, but was ultimately edged out by Jeremy Evans. George says that he’s keeping his options open for a return. Not that George has the second most votes among players in the East for the actual All-Star game. So, we’ll be seeing this young fella during the weekend, either way.

“No, I haven’t declined. I’m keeping my options open.” George Said.“It would all depend on who’s in it,” he stated. “I want to be in it when the competition is good.”

This seems like the correct approach. Why compete if it isn’t an actual competition. The Dunk Contest has been known to be extremely watered down over the past decade or more, but big names generally bring rave reviews. The Dunk Contest typically lacks big named players.

Even George’s teammate, Lance Stephenson, has gotten in on the recruitment action.

“I ain’t got no dunks like that,” Stephenson said. “Paul, that’s the guy that needs to be in the dunk contest.”

I’m to the point where I feel like Paul George is more committed to the idea of the Pacers winning a championship this season. Perhaps the allure of extra rest during the festivities will prevail over his will to compete in a meaningless Dunk Contest. But only time will tell.

Here’s the video of George’s spectacular dunk against the Clippers:

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