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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.

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January 20, 2014  08:34 AM ET

Smart.
At this stage, the AS game is a joke and would be a step backwards for him

January 20, 2014  08:37 AM ET
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Smart.At this stage, the AS game is a joke and would be a step backwards for him

100% agree...............The NBA is becoming a joke as well...

January 20, 2014  08:49 AM ET

They should add a flopping contest. There are so many worthy possible competitors starting with LeBron.

January 20, 2014  08:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

They should add a flopping contest. There are so many worthy possible competitors starting with LeBron.

The NBA can out-flop the MLS.........

January 20, 2014  09:19 AM ET

In Game Dunks Matter More, Bros.

January 20, 2014  09:25 AM ET

PG already won it when we didn't know who he was, his goal is championships now....

January 20, 2014  09:40 AM ET

What's the point of the all-star weekend nobody cares if there in it, it's a complete joke...what would be sweet would be if the events were worth points and conferences earned points and whatever conference finished with the most points would get home court advantage in the finals....at least that would make the all-star weekend something to play for

January 20, 2014  10:47 AM ET

These guys get a little notoriety and they feel they're too good to participate in ASW! That's the joke of it all. It's not called the All Star game for nothing.

January 20, 2014  11:07 AM ET

Why not skip it....Almost ever dunk that can be thought of has been done and we are seeing the same dunks year after year....So who cares....

January 20, 2014  11:14 AM ET
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Why not skip it....Almost ever dunk that can be thought of has been done and we are seeing the same dunks year after year....So who cares....

I certainly don't care. Only the NFL Pro Bowl is more of a farce.

 
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