No matter what happens from here, Giannis Antetokounmpo will forever have one void in his trophy cabinet.
Following a 157-155 defeat to Team LeBron in the NBA All-Star Game, the Milwaukee Bucks star ruled out a return to the Slam Dunk Contest.
It's no surprise Antetokounmpo, who collected an MVP award in 2018-19 and is now a strong favorite to earn it two years in a row, would pass on the opportunity to add a dunk contest title to his already sizable legacy.
The same thing effectively happened with LeBron James.
Once the fans began clamoring for James to enter the dunk contest, his profile had already risen high enough for him to avoid the event altogether.