Indiana Pacers swingman Gerald Green felt it was too good of an opportunity to pass up.
His hometown. A chance to win his second title. A chance to represent the franchise.
That's why Green decided he wanted to participate in this year's Slam Dunk competition.
He won the event in 2007.
"It's in Houston, my hometown," Green said. "It's good to be able to wear a Pacers jersey and do at it at a time we're having a terrific season. I just want to do something positive and make a good note of the organization. Hopefully I can defend the one I won earlier. This is my last competition for sure."
Green is competing against Eric Bledsoe of the Clippers, Terrence Ross of the Toronto Raptors, Jeremy Evans, last year's winner, Denver's Kenneth Faried and New York's James White.
"I can't really say there's a favorite," Green said. "There are a lot of good guys in this one."
Green's signature dunk in 2007 was blowing out the candle on a cupcake.
What's he got planned for this year?
"I've got some things in my head that I'm going to practice once we have some free time," Green said.
Paul George is taking part in the 3-point shooting competition.
"I think it's fun," Pacers coach Frank Vogel said. "All that stuff is fun. A lot of coaches kind of like to grumble about that stuff and it's unimportance, but I grew up a fan. I think the fans love those sort of things. Part of the history of the game. So it's good to see the Pacers represented."
Green (slam dunk), George (3-point) to compete in All-Star Weekend contests
Indianapolis Star | Feb 9