Magic Johnson has a $1M offer to Miami Heat star LeBron James, and, to cash in, all King James needs to do is participate in the next dunk contest.
NBA fans have long tried to persuade James to join the NBA Dunk Contest, Reuters noted. He’s known as one of the league’s highest-flying players, and he’s taken the time to give fans a peak at his arsenal of dunks as well.
In fact, LeBron showed some of his aerial creativity with a recent dunk session during warmups for the Heat. James demonstrated his leaping ability on these dunks, with one in particular standing out — LeBron stood at the top of the key, slung the ball behind his back off the backboard, and caught it high above the rim, slamming it down.
But LeBron has always rebuffed the advances of his fans, saying he wants to stay out of the dunk contest.
Now one NBA Hall of Famer and ESPN analyst is joining those trying to get LeBron to take his talents to the dunk contest. Magic Johnson made a $1M offer to LeBron to join the competition, Yard Barker noted.
Magic Johnson made the $1M offer during a pregame telecast on ESPN, and his tone bordered on pleading.
“Please, LeBron, get in the dunk contest. I’m going to put up a million dollars,” Johnson said. “A million dollars from Magic to LeBron. Please get in the dunk contest. I go every year. I want to see you out there. A million to the winner.”
Though he backed off a bit, if Magic is offering $1M to the winner, he might as well draft up the check to LeBron now.
Now that Magic Johnson made a $1M offer, it’s going to get harder for LeBron James to keep letting fans see dunks like this for free: