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Kevin Durant Will Not Compete In Slam Dunk Contest

Kevin Durant Dunking (AP Photo) Kevin Durant Dunking (AP Photo)

Originally Published: Dec 18, 2009 6:19 PM CDT

Oklahoma Sports Staff & AP Wire Reports

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Kevin Durant will not compete in the NBA's Slam Dunk Contest during All-Star Weekend. He turned down the league’s offer to compete in the contest.

Durant wrote Friday on his blog that he doesn't consider himself a dunk contest dunker and that he doesn't "even do any good dunks in games." The Oklahoma City Thunder forward wrote that he'd rather let players like Rudy Gay and Dwight Howard show off in the contest than take up one of the spots.

Durant also wrote that he's honored to be asked to participate but he believes it's more fun to watch.

Durant won the first H-O-R-S-E competition during All-Star weekend in February and said before Friday night's game against Detroit that he hopes to defend that title in Dallas.

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