JaVale McGee finished runner-up to Los Angeles Clippers all-star forward Blake Griffin in the slam dunk contest last season, despite arguably having the most creative dunks, and said on Friday that he might be open to competing again if asked participate.
McGee ranks third in the NBA in dunks with 50 this season, trailing only Griffin (56) and Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard (52), who won the competition in 2008 and has since retired from the event.
McGee had two show-stopping dunks in Los Angeles last season, becoming the first player to dunk on two rims and dunk three basketballs. But Griffin won the contest – which was determined by fan voting – when he brought out a church choir, hurdled a car and caught a lob pass from Baron Davis before dunking with two hands. After the defeat, McGee joked, “Nothing is going to beat that, unless I bring a plane out or something.”
Griffin’s incredible throwdown over Kendrick Perkins has been the talk of the league this week, but he said on Thursday he doesn’t plan to defend his slam dunk contest title during all-star weekend in Orlando.
McGee said Griffin’s absence doesn’t affect whether or not he competes and added that he hasn’t begun to prepare for the competition.
“I don’t want no revenge toward nobody. He didn’t make the votes,” McGee said. “Right now, I don’t even know yet.”