LOS ANGELES CA - FEBRUARY 19: JaVale McGee #34 of the Washington Wizards dunks two balls on the same jump in the first round of the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest apart of NBA All-Star Saturday Night at Staples Center on February 19 2011 in Los Angeles California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and or using this photograph User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
We all know that JaVale McGee was the real winner of the 2011 NBA Slam Dunk Contest, but as it turns out, he will not be defending his crown*. ESPN's Marc Stein reports that McGee will not be one of the four members selected to participate in the competition.
That's a pretty lame field, honestly. I'm excited for George, but otherwise, none of the other guys really do much for me. In fact, according to CBS Sports' Dunk-O-Meter, none of those players is even in the top 40 in the league in dunks this season. Shumpert, honestly, feels like a way to get Lin involved more than anything.
Oh well. If Flip Saunders were still the coach, I'm sure he'd be happy to see McGee not participating.