Offers Kobe Bryant $5 Million to Face LeBron James in Slam Dunk Contest

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterMarch 5, 2013

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 03:  Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers dunks over Josh Smith #5 of the Atlanta Hawks at Staples Center on March 3, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers won 99-98. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Kobe Bryant is the latest NBA player to be offered a handsome sum just to throw it down in the the 2014 NBA Slam Dunk contest. (H/T Black Sports Online) has issued a grand reward if Kobe Bryant meets a couple of requirements. 

He gets a cool $5 million for a charity of his choice if he dunks in the Slam Dunk Contest and does so against LeBron James

Here is their wording from their release on the subject is offering $5 million to the charity of Kobe Bryant’s choosing for his participation in the 2014 NBA Slam Dunk Contest. However, this offer is conditional. It depends on Lebron James entering the 2014 NBA Slam Dunk Contest with Bryant.

Bryant and James are both members of the NBA’s elite and fans often debate who is the better player between the two. wants to ensure that basketball fans get to see the two superstars use their talent and creativity.

You see, guys. cares about you, the hardworking NBA fans who have had to suffer through lesser dunk contests for what seems like eons. 

“…We at feel it is important for the sport of basketball that Kobe and Lebron face-off in the dunk contest and we want to be part of this historic event. The NBA’s best players used to enter. Jordan versus Dominique had us on the edge of our seats. It would be a shame for these exceptional player to let pride take priority over sportsmanship…” says’s Director of Marketing J.L. Marcoux.

Damn, when did become such a big proponent of the NBA? Their vested interest in our basketball entertainment is heartwarming. 

Still, we understand what is at the heart of this. It's a publicity grab that will fall far from actually getting the Black Mamba to feature in another dunk contest (he won the event in 1997). 

If you are wondering the impetus behind such an announcement, Magic Johnson recently offered a million dollars for King James to take his high-flying antics from the pregame shoot around to the actual Slam Dunk contest. 

After seeing what a 34-year-old Bryant could do against Josh Smith, it made sense to sit back and mull how a King vs. Mamba contest might play out. 

Sure, this offer will go nowhere, most likely. 

But it has us wondering what that brand of dunking might look like. I can tell you with no hesitation, it would be a lot better than the latest events. 

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