2012 NBA Slam Dunk Contest: JaVale McGee Not Extended An Invitation

JaVale McGee will not be competing in this year's Slam Dunk Contest, but unlike many others, he didn't choose to skip the event. Instead, according to a report, McGee was passed over as the NBA made its selections and began assembling the lineups. It's a somewhat surprising move considering McGee showed well in last year's dunk contest, going head-to-head with Blake Griffin but coming up short in the final fan vote.

This time around, the NBA reportedly wanted to freshen things up a bit.

Chase Budinger, Derrick Williams, Iman Shumpert and Paul George were chosen to participate in this year's contest. The rest of the big names -- including Blake Griffin and LeBron James -- opted not to join in on the festivities. In that regard, it's a bit perplexing McGee wasn't even in consideration, but to each their own.

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