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Robinson defends; King James passes

Updated: January 18, 2010, 11:36 PM ET
By Chris Sheridan | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- Nate Robinson says he'll be defending his slam dunk title at All-Star Weekend because he's required to do so under NBA rules.

In actuality, he isn't.

LeBron James won't be trying to unseat the champion, and it's not clear why he changed his mind.

Less than a month before the NBA holds its signature event, Robinson threw a potential monkey wrench into the All-Star festivities when he declared Monday he'll be participating in the dunk contest because "the champion ...

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