Before Dwight Howard alienated fans with the ugly way he exited the Orlando Magic, followed by a severely disappointing stint with the Los Angeles Lakers, he was one of the game’s most popular players, and his participation in All-Star weekend’s slam dunk contest was the primary reason why.

Howard pulled off the sticker dunk in 2007, won the contest in 2008 with his Superman gimmick, and entertained in 2009 by allowing Nate Robinson to dunk over him to take home the title.

With All-Star weekend being held in New Orleans this year, the same place where Howard won the contest in ’08, the league extended an invitation to see if he might want back in. But this time, Howard politely declined.