07:40 AM ET 01.20 | What a difference a few years makes. Only two years ago, Indiana Pacers small forward Paul George, then a relatively unknown, had to make his case to the NBA to participate in the All-Star Slam Dunk Contest in Orlando. Oh, how times have changed. On Saturday night, George said that he declined an invitation by the league to compete in this year's Slam Dunk Contest in New Orleans. Although George -- who made his first All-Star appearance as a player last year -- has not completely closed the door on the possibility, he confirmed that he likely will not participate in other All-Star weekend events such as the Skills Contest and will not make a return appearance to the 3-point Shootout. Now certified as an in-demand NBA celebrity, George ranks second in the Eastern Conference in All-Star votes.