NEW ORLEANS -- Dwight Howard knows why LeBron James has never gotten in the NBA All-Star Weekend dunk contest.
It's because James apparently knows his type of dunks likely won't win a dunk contest.
"I love LeBron,'' Howard, the Houston Rockets' All-Star center, said. "I think he's more of an in-game dunker.
"He’s a one-legged dunker. There's not a lot of things you can do. The only thing you can do off one foot is just glide.''
James can certianly glide with the best of them. But is he actually afraid he won't win the dunk contest if he gets in it?
"Obviously I've thought about (entering) it a few times,'' James, the Miami Heat star, said. 'But I didn’t give it a second guess about it this year.''
Players who mainly jump with both feet to execute their dunks are the best dunkers, according to Howard.
"Why Blake (Griffin) is so good is because he jumps with two feet,'' Howard said. "Myself, Gerald Green, all these guys are two-feet jumpers, so you can get up and be more creative in the air.
"But I don’t think it matters if LeBron does the dunk contest or not. He's going to be one of the greatest to ever play this game.''
The dunk contrest at this year's All-Star Weekend will be held tonight at 7 at the Smoothie King Arena.
-- Dwain Price
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