‘I Don’t Want to Lose My Legs’: Bulls’ Zach LaVine Reveals He is Not Participating in 2021 NBA Slam Dunk Contest

Published 02/24/2021, 1:12 PM EST
Feb 8, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine (8) shoots a free throw against the Washington Wizards during the first half of an NBA game at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports


Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine is finally getting the recognition that he deserves. After being snubbed from the NBA All-Star game for a couple of seasons, LaVine has finally earned All-Star honors.

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This season, the 25-year-old will make his debut as an All-Star reserve on March 7th 2021. While fans are happy to see him become an All-Star, there is still one thing that the fans wish to see.

They want to see Zach LaVine participate in the Slam Dunk contest. LaVine was part of arguably the most historic dunk contest along with Aaron Gordon back in 2016. But since then, he hasn’t flaunted his epic dunks in the dunk contest.

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Will Zach LaVine participate in the 2021 NBA dunk contest?

Jan 10, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine (8) dunks the ball in the first quarter against the LA Clippers at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Last season, LaVine was one of the biggest snubs for the NBA All-Star game. In fact, he said:

“If I would’ve made it, I would’ve done it for y’all man.”

Unfortunately, the Bulls star didn’t make it to the All-Star team and as a result he didn’t take part in the dunk contest. But this season, LaVine has finally achieved All-Star status. Because of this, fans were anticipating him to announce his return to dunk contest.

But according to NBA insider Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson, LaVine has no plans to take part in this year’s dunk contest.

We’ve got a lot of games left. I don’t want to lose my legs. I’m a little bit past that now, man. I want to go out there and try to do the 3-point contest again. I’ll definitely take part in that.”

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Although LaVine flat-out denied any rumors about participating in the dunk contest, he might seen in the three-point contest this year. This season, LaVine has been sensational from beyond the arc, shooting a career best 43.4%.

Additionally, he is shouldering most of the scoring load for his team with 28.6 points per game. It will be exciting to witness his first-ever All-Star weekend appearance.

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What are your expectations from Zach LaVine in the NBA All-Star game? Feel free to share your views in the comments section below.

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Aikansh Chaudhary

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Aikansh Chaudhary is an NBA columnist for Essentially Sports. Previously, he helped rank various websites using the latest SEO techniques, and wrote over 2000 articles during his stint as a freelance writer. A die hard Lakers fan, Aikansh will forever uphold LeBron James as the GOAT.

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