Kobe laughed off Shaq’s suggestion that he enters the dunk contest.

ESPN: Kobe Bryant is taking a pass on the slam dunk contest, no matter what Shaquille O’Neal has in mind.

Bryant nearly burst out laughing Thursday when asked about O’Neal’s idea that the Lakers superstar should appear in next month’s All-Star weekend dunk event with LeBron James and Vince Carter.

O’Neal suggested the star-studded field as a way of luring James, who is skipping the dunkathon after initially saying he was in.

Bryant won the dunking crown when he was a rookie. He says players should not feel a responsibility toward entering the contest as a way of giving back to the league. James has been criticized for backing out. Bryant would like to see the MVP take part.

“Responsibility? No,” Bryant said following the Lakers’ shootaround. “People want to see it, so it’s good to do it at least one time in your career. It’s fun.”

The contest is Feb. 13 in Dallas, and Bryant has been giving tips to Los Angeles teammate Shannon Brown. Does Bryant think James would win?

“I think he would come in a close second behind Shannon Brown,” he said.

  • Kid Kaos 310

    LeBron’s word is as trust worthy as his mid range jumper, shaky at best.

  • Kid Kaos 310

    You can’t help but wonder why a 6’9, 260+lbs 25 year old athletic monster would want to compete against aging 30+year old guards – both dunk champs – who are currently suffering from multiple injuries?

    Why not compete against guys in his own generation like D-Wade, Melo and Durrant?.. Remember this open miss: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApBT99IAKek

  • LkrsFanToNgtive

    Why would Kobe want to go threw the Dunk Contest at the age of 31 when he has already won a dunk contest Shaq should enter the dunk contest if u ask me and donate his wallet to People of Hatie

  • http://TheLakersNation Marwan..

    Funny, I had the same reaction when I heard about this idea from Shaq. I bet Shaq got pissed that Kobe laughed and he had the right to laugh, that was one of the stupidest ideas I’ve heard. Sure, a 25 year old go up against some 30-something year olds that can’t use their legs like they used to.

  • lex

    Vince Carter would win any way it does not matter.
    labron would do the same one handed dunk.
    Kobe has way to many miles on his legs plus he has small hands but he does look the best in the air.
    shannon brown dunks with the same athority as labron with a smaller statue so that’s impressive.
    Wade has bad knees.
    jason rich: is washed up how many time labron cuff his shot lately….lol

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