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NBA Slam Dunk contest: Jaylen Brown expected to participate, per report


Boston Celtics star Jaylen Brown will try his luck at the 2024 NBA All-Star Slam Dunk Contest, according to a report.

Brown “likely” will participate in the dunk festivities at the 2024 All-Star weekend in Indianapolis, Indiana — according to Shams Charania of The Athletic — before the three-time All-Star suits up for Sunday’s marquee game as an Eastern Conference reserve. Teammate Jayson Tatum was named a starter for the East.

Brown’s participation would mark the first time an All-Star has participated in the dunk contest since Victor Oladipo in 2018. Brown signed a five-year, $304 million supermax contract extension with the Celtics in the offseason.

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The field would be rounded out by reigning slam dunk champion Mac McClung, of the G League’s Osceola Magic; the Miami Heat‘s Jaime Jaquez Jr.; and New York KnicksJacob Toppin. Toppin has his own connection to the slam dunk contest — his older brother, Indiana PacersObi Toppin, was the runner-up in the 2021 contest and won the following season.

The slam dunk contest, the final event on All-Star Saturday Night, will be held at Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the NFL‘s Indianapolis Colts. It will take place on a state-of-the-art LED court erected in the football stadium.

When is the 2024 NBA All-Star weekend?

NBA’s All-Star weekend will take place Feb. 16-18.

On Friday, Feb. 16, events include the celebrity game (7 p.m. ET, ESPN) and rising stars game (9 p.m. ET, TNT).

Saturday, Feb. 17, will feature the skills challenge, 3-point contest, Steph Curry vs. Sabrina Ionescu 3-point challenge and slam dunk contest (8 p.m. ET, TNT).

The 2024 NBA All-Star Game will be played Sunday, Feb. 18 (8 p.m. ET, TNT).

All of the events outside of the rising stars game — which takes place at Gainbridge Fieldhouse — will be held at Lucas Oil Stadium.

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