Paul George has taken part in the last two NBA’s All-Star festivities, whether it was the 2012 Dunk Contest or the 2013 thee-point Shootout. However, it doesn’t look like George will take part any of these things when the NBA All-Star Weekend in New Orleans launches next month.
George, according to the Indianapolis Star, says he was invited by the league to participate in the dunk contest. George says he declined the offer, along with the other events like the 3-point Shootout and the Skills Challenge.
George currently ranks second in the Eastern Conference for All-Star voting, which will make him one of the starters for the upcoming East vs West game. With that, George plans to limit his schedule as much as possible to not wear himself out, which is why he won’t take part in any of the other All-Star events. “Exactly, I don’t want to add to it by doing extra stuff,” he said to The Star.
George made a good case for being the Dunk Contest winner back in 2012, such as dunking over Roy Hibbert or his glow-in-the-dark dunk. However, the Indiana Pacers forward lost to Jeremy Evans of the Utah Jazz.
“[Not to] take nothing away from the dunk contest, (but) it was a joke. I guess whoever had the biggest celebrity involved in their dunk was going to be the winner. I guess I should have tried to reach out to some people,” said George at the time.