Kobe will be skipping this years Sprite Slam Dunk contest, even if Shaq thinks he should be participating. Bryant won the dunking crown when he was a rookie.
James who originally said he was in has backed out and has been criticized. He says players should not feel a responsibility toward entering the contest as a way of giving back to the league. Bryant would like to see the MVP take part.
“Responsibility? No,” Bryant said following the Lakers’ shootaround. “People want to see it, so it’s good to do it at least one time in your career. It’s fun.”
The contest is Feb. 13 in Dallas, and Shannon Brown has been getting tips from teammate Kobe Bryant. In regards to if Kobe thinks James would win..
“I think he would come in a close second behind Shannon Brown,” he said.