Come Saturday night, the stars will be in the building to check out this year's NBA Slam Dunk Contest. While the format has changed, one thing hasn't. That being that LeBron James won't be participating yet again. Despite consistently being absent from the contest, his presence is still felt on the sneaker frontier. Delving even deeper into the matter, Sole Collector examines how James’ absence affects the footwear industry. Check out the entire article here.

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