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“If Zion doesn’t do it, he is afraid” Richard Jefferson gave his take on Zion Williamson taking part in All-star dunk contest

Zion Williamson #1 of the New Orleans Pelicans reacts during a game against the Utah Jazz

We are about a week away from the NBA All-Star Game, which will occur in Atlanta on Sunday, March 7.

However, most players did not confirm their participation in the 2021 NBA Dunk Contest yet. Only Obi Toppin appears to be the first player who flings his name into the ring.

One of the league’s brightest young stars, New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson, leaves the door open for a potential appearance in the event.

Though he did not confirm the participation yet but did not deny either. Williamson said, “Who knows? That’s all I can say. Who knows? I might. You never know.”

Will Zion Williamson join Dunk Contest?

2021 NBA Slam Dunk Contest will take place on March 7 at halftime of the All-Star Game.

Zion Williamson will be in Atlanta during the game as he was added to the All-Star team as a reserve. Therefore, logistically, he may join the dunk contest.

Since Zion’s response about joining the Dunk contest left the fans in a mystery, ESPN’s analyst Richard Jefferson and former NBA player Kendrick Perkins discussed the possibilities.

Jefferson stated that he does not care if Zion joins or not; he will cheer Obi Toppin. “If Zion doesn’t do it, he is afraid. I am going to call it out,” Jefferson said.

However, Perkins opposed the statement and called it unfair. 

“You can’t do that because you wouldn’t dare call LeBron afraid. He never entered the Slam Dunk Contest,” said Perkins. 

Further, he dragged LeBron James into it and, “LeBron was a 100% afraid. He didn’t want that. He didn’t have that sexiness.”

Zion Williamson

Zion Williamson #1 of the New Orleans Pelicans reacts during a game against the Utah Jazz at the Smoothie King Center on October 11, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. 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 Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

It will be the first All-Star Game for 20-year-old Zion Williamson.

Given his explosion and athleticism, Williamson will have a great chance to win the contest. However, in the 2021 NBA season, he is ninth in the NBA with 58 dunks. But, Williamson will have to give his decision in the succeeding days if he wants to participate. 

Read more: LeBron James thinks the plan to put together an All-Star game this season is incredibly selfish

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