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Big Names Pass on the Dunk Contest

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The new collective bargaining agreement increased the fees players get for participating in All-Star Weekend events, including the dunk contest, but the fee hike (surprise!) wasn’t enough to draw any stars into this year’s event, according to ESPN.com, which has the list of four participants. The names: Iman Shumpert, Chase Budinger, Derrick Williams and Paul George. Two rookies, one second-year player and one small forward who was basically out of Houston’s rotation a few short weeks ago.

The casual NBA fan will yawn, especially those who had hoped for a Blake Griffin encore. But many prior dunk contests have lacked a major household name and turned out as entertaining as any other exhibition. Role players and young guys are always looking to make...

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