John Wall invited to Slam Dunk Contest, will decide soon

by Jan 30, 9:38 PM

You may soon be able to add John Wall's name next to Terrence Ross' for the 2014 Slam Dunk Contest field.

With Paul George and Dwight Howard reportedly having turned down invites to the contest, the league continues to try and bring some star power to the event. According to a CSN interview, Wall has been asked to participate but remains undecided:

Have you been asked by the league to participate in the dunk or skills contest on Saturday before the game itself? 

Yes, both I'll make decisions tomorrow or sometime next week. They have asked me. I'm not sure. I don't know what I'll do yet. I'm shocked after the news I got tonight so I can't even tell you. 

Apologies if you're a big fan of the vaguely-defined skills competition, but the Dunk Contest is All-Star Saturday Night's marquee draw. Adding Wall would provide some nice intrigue. 

And hey, if you bust out 360's in-game, you must love to dunk.

Feb 2, 10:44 PM

John Wall probably won't do Dunk Contest unless other stars join in

by Feb 2, 10:44 PM

John Wall is expected to make a decision on his participation in NBA All-Star Weekend sometime this week but things aren't looking good for fans who want to see Wall in the Slam Dunk Contest.

Wall is already slated to play in Sunday's All-Star Game but has received an invite to dunk or take part in the skills competition. The Washington Wizards point guard is dealing with sore feet, though, and is unsure if he'll risk further discomfort for the event.

However, Wall would reportedly consider it "if the competition involved superstars."

That's a nice idea and something fans often clamor for, but there are a few issues with loading the contest up with All-Stars. Like Wall, players may prefer to get additional rest. In addition, the league likely enjoys the event showcasing younger, lesser-known talent to help build more marketable stars. 

Perhaps the best route is a mix of stars and younger players, assuming they can get a few Wall-types in the event.