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And that, folks, might be all we see in the way of dunking highlights for LeBron James. Yes, his in-game dunking theatrics hit me as a cross between Michael Jordan and Dominique Wilkins — that is, incredible artistry combined with raw power and the ability to jump out of the gym. Unfortunately, the chances we the fans get to see James “perform” in the NBA’s dunk contest, something he “committed” to doing last year, remains dubious, at best.

Just ask Dwight Howard.

According to Howard, it’s quite doubtful we’ll see Chosen do his thing for All-Star festivity participants.

“Me and him are talking,” Howard said. “I don’t know if he wants to do it. We do a lot of dunking during the season so those dunk contests take a lot out of you. … I would love to see him get in one. But I doubt he does. I don’t think he’s going to do it.”

Howard goes on to say he sees LeBron as more of an in-game dunker than a “dunk-contest dunker,” meaning his style doesn’t necessarily translate to a good showing in the dunk contest. Be that as it may, if James did participate, the desire to see him would probably outdo any disappointment. Besides, while James may not be the type to blow a birthday candle out in the middle of a dunk attempt, the authority with which he finishes, combined with his eye-popping ability to leap promises a dunk or two that would move the crowd.

Of course, to those of you who have been waiting patiently for LeBron to fully commit to the dunk competition, this news probably comes as no surprise.