While NBA players dream of making the All-Star Game, another event from the All-Star Weekend is far less attractive to them. There are many prominent dunkers among the league’s stars but only a few take the opportunity to participate in the Dunk Contest.
Actor Michael Rapaport thinks that is not how things should be. He went on a heated rant on Instagram calling out LeBron James and other NBA star for not wanting to compete in the Dunk Contest. It has been reported that the Los Angeles Lakers star didn’t feel like it was good for his brand take to be on the Dunk Contest when he was younger and later the idea faded away.
“Only three players are participating in the NBA All-Star Game Slam Dunk Contest? Only three dudes are down to participate in the Slam Dunk Contest?” Rapaport started his rant. “What the f*ck is going on? Are you guys too cool? You need rest? When I was 20-year-old I couldn’t spell “rest.” I would wake up, I would do this, I would do that, I would do this, I would do that. Twenty-f*cking-years-old you could be slam f*cking dunking all day. I couldn’t never dunk when I was twenty. But if I could, I’d be f*cking dunking my ass off.
“Are you cool with Dr. J, David Thompson, George ‘The Iceman’ Gervin, Larry Nance, Michael f*cking Jordan, Dominique Wilkins, Kobe Bean Bryant? Kobe Bryant spent his entire life dreaming of being in the Slam Dunk Contest. As soon he got into the NBA, boom he won the Slam Dunk Contest. You’re too cool? J.R. Rider, Shawn Kemp, Tracy McGrady, Vince Carter, all of these guys. They killed the Slam Dunk Contest. The won some, they lose some.
“Three people? Three players? Obi Toppin and two guys I never heard of. No disrespect to two guys I never heard of, but only three of you guys want to participate in the Slam Dunk Contest? And I blame you LeBron James. I know, I know it sounds like a cliche when all things are bad, blame LeBron. You’re 36-years-old, you never participated in the Slam Dunk Contest. Would the NBA didn’t pay you enough to be in the Slam Dunk Contest? They didn’t pay Dominique Wilkins. They didn’t pay Michael f*cking Jordan.
“But what I say is, let’s not make it a contest. It’s crazy times, we are in a pandemic. LeBron, let’s turn it into a cypher. Let’s turn it into a freestyle NBA Slam Dunk Contest cypher. you get out and you do one dunk, you do your patented ‘Boom’ dunk. And you say Zion, you’re 20. We’ve been watching you dunk your entire life. You’re 20. You’re up next. Turn it into a cypher. Only three people, three players want to be in the Dunk Contest? Get the f*ck outta here, man.”