When LeBron James said he would consider participating in the dunk contest for $1 million, we assumed it was along the same lines as someone saying they'd sell their first-born child for a slice of cheesecake. One fan got a different impression. Chris Thomas, 28, set up an online fundraiser to get others to donate, all to see the Miami Heat star do his thing during All-Star weekend. Apparently, the actual All-Star Game doesn't feature enough dunking. He told Mashable that the idea came like so many others do, while swilling beer at a bar. He and his friends imagined what the high-flying best player in the world could do with out defenders around to harry him. Thomas apparently is the group's go-getter. "I started thinking about how to execute the idea," he told Mashable. "Prior to a few years ago, a mechanism to do something like this didn't even exist." It still doesn't. The fundraiser has brought in $3,670 through Thursday's work day. And James has said he wouldn't participate in the contest at all now because it runs the risk of injury. James has turned down the dunk contest over and over again, even when he was young or needed a public image facelift after The Decision. At this point, he has nothing to gain from it. So this isn't going to happen. But you have to like the spunk.
LeBron James in dunk contest? Only $996K required
USA Today | Feb 1