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Aaron Gordon ‘serious’ about skipping future dunk contests

Aaron Gordon has put on a dynamite show each and every time he has competed in the NBA’s Slam Dunk Contest. While the high-flying Orlando Magic superstar would be considered one of the favorites in any dunk contest he enters, it sounds like Gordon may instead opt to focus on bigger and better things.

Gordon is of course coming off a controversial loss in the Slam Dunk Contest held during 2020 NBA All-Star Game festivities, one that ended with Miami Heat dunker Derrick Jones Jr. holding the trophy. Footage of Gordon’s exploits arguably make the case that he was robbed.

In the wake of the controversial ending, Gordon hinted that his days competing in dunk contests were probably at an end. During an appearance Wednesday on ESPN’s “First Take,” Gordon doubled down on those original remarks while reasoning that he ought to prioritize team goals instead of individual accolades.

“Yeah, I was serious about that. And I agree with you, I feel like between Zach [LaVine] and I it was a toss-up [in 2016]. I feel like I got this last one,” Gordon said. “I don’t think I’m going to do it again. We only got to the playoffs one time. We got gentleman’s swept. That was the most exciting basketball I’ve ever played. That was like the ultimate joy for me. That’s the focus. To be in the big game and win for Orlando. It takes a lot of energy to do the dunk contest. I’m going to shift my focus.”

The shocking turn of events that left him empty-handed at the conclusion of the most recent Slam Dunk Contest even left Gordon so bitter that he recently released a diss track about some questionable judging during the competition, though it doesn’t sound like the NBA legend targeted in the song was all too broken up about it.

All that being said, the notion that Gordon believes leading the Magic to more success in the postseason should be welcomed by both the team and its fans.