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Cleared for takeoff: Ben McLemore to compete in All-Star Weekend dunk contest

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Sacramento Kings' Ben McLemore (16) shoots in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, in Miami. The Heat defeated the Kings 122-103. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Sacramento Kings' Ben McLemore (16) shoots in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, in Miami. The Heat defeated the Kings 122-103. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Look. Everybody could see this was coming. All the revealing signs were there:

  • Ben McLemore kept acting flighty.

  • Even worse, frankly, the Sacramento rookie routinely treated his guests rudely, openly humiliating them.

  • Can you believe the gall of this guy? I mean, the things he has done are vulgar.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtPq-MCa4HU

Well, finally McLemore got what he deserved. The NBA announced on Thursday that the 6-foot-5 rookie shooting guard (who was snubbed for the Rising Stars Challenge) will be a part of All-Star Weekend after all — as one of six participants in the Sprite Slam Dunk contest.

McLemore has some serious competition this year. Sometimes these made-for-TV dunk shows are unwatchable. But that won't be the case on Feb. 15 in New Orleans.

The high-flying former Jayahawk will go up against Paul George of the Indiana Pacers, John Wall of the Washington Wizards, Harrison Barnes of the Golden State Warriors, Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers and defending dunk contest champion Terrence Ross of the Toronto Raptors.

Get a glimpse of McLemore's competition here: The Definitive Guide to the 2014 NBA Dunk Contest (courtesy of USA Today's For The Win).

A young and dynamic finisher, and the first KU product to participate in the NBA slam dunk contest, McLemore obviously can't wait for the chance to show off some of his fierce slams with the entire league watching — not exactly the case for most Sacramento games.

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Here are a few more looks at what 20-year-old aerial artist has to offer:


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