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The NBA's slam dunk competition won't be a star-studded affair when it takes place in Dallas next month.
It was a somewhat disappointing field announced Monday, since it didn't include LeBron James, who said during last year's event he was considering taking part Feb. 13 in Dallas.
Defending champion Nate Robinson will return to the slam dunk contest, trying to become the first three-time winner.
The fourth contestant will be determined by a dunk-off during halftime of the rookie game between the Clippers' Eric Gordon and Toronto rookie DeMar DeRozan.
The 5-foot-9 Robinson won his first title in 2006 and claimed it again last year, leaping over Dwight Howard for one dunk en route to beating the 2008 champion.
NBA All-Star weekend kicks off Friday, February 12 with the All-Star celebrity game and rookie challenge. Events continue Saturday with the slam dunk contest and skills challenge in Dallas. The 59th All-Star game will be played Sunday, February 14, in Arlington at Cowboys Stadium.