NBA, ESPN Announce Details Of H-O-R-S-E Competition

As expected, Thunder guard Chris PaulHawks guard Trae Young, and Bulls guard Zach LaVine are among the players who will participate in the H-O-R-S-E competition being organized by the NBA, NBPA, and ESPN, per a press release.

According to the announcement, Jazz guard Mike Conley, former NBA stars Chauncey Billups and Paul Pierce, newly-elected Hall-of-Famer Tamika Catchings, and three-time WNBA All-Star Allie Quigley will fill out the eight-person field for the event.

The four quarterfinal matchups will air on Sunday evening (April 12), with Young facing Billups and Catchings facing Conley in group one, while LaVine goes up against Pierce and Paul squares off against Quigley in group two. The group one winners will face one another in the first semifinal next Thursday (April 16), with the group two winners competing in the second semifinal. The final will take place on the same night.

A coin toss will determine which player starts each matchup. Each player will be required to describe his or her shot attempt beforehand and dunking won’t be permitted. ESPN’s Mark Jones will serve as the event’s host, with each player attempting shots from his or her own home gym.

The event will raise more than $200K in support of coronavirus relief efforts.

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31 thoughts on “NBA, ESPN Announce Details Of H-O-R-S-E Competition

  1. natsfan3437

    Does the second group of names make you not want to watch or is it just me.

    • dynamite drop in monty

      It’s not just you. And for me it’s not just the second group of names. It’s the entirety of it.

      • natsfan3437

        I know all the names are bad but I mean the second part really just bummed me out.

        Was hoping for players like Jamal Crawford

        • ThePeople'sElbow

          Jamal Crawford? Really? so swap out one of the retired washed guys for a different retired washed guy? ok.

          • natsfan3437

            I meant that type of player that’s the reason he had a like before his name.

        • natsfan3437

          But since you want to get specific about creative scorers

          James Harden
          Luka Doncic
          Bradley Beal

          I put in a old washed player since the majority of the players picked are old washed players

          • How can you have a contest with Curry, Jordan, and Miller. Those are the names people want to see not a bunch of non-super star shooters.

            • natsfan3437

              Great all the shooter can chuck from half court that would be so exciting.

              At least Harden, Luka, and Beal all have moves.

              • ThePeople'sElbow

                you’re right but they’re playing HORSE, so moves are kinda irrelevant in this situation.

                • i agree how does moves play into a game of HORSE? Luka would be fun to watch because he does have a good long shot.

                  • natsfan3437

                    Horse has moves and ball handling in it

                    And if it doesn’t then who cares put it in it will be so much fun to watch.

                    • ThePeople'sElbow

                      it doesn’t really, at least not the way it’s supposed to be played. It’s a trick shot game, matching shot for shot. No moves are necessary. but ok.

              • bryzzo_2016

                Harden’s “moves” wouldn’t apply as there will be no bad officiating falling for his flops.

  2. I know I’m gonna end up watching some of this, but this just seems like the least entertaining way to bring basketball back to the fans.

  3. If there is no Curry its not worth watching. You want to see the best. Curry, Jordan, Miller, and ect.. Not a bunch of mid level stars and a couple of has been.

  4. ThePeople'sElbow

    this is beyond lame, none of the participants are “great” shooters and then you go and get some washed dudes like Billups and Pierce. Pathetic.

  5. ThePeople'sElbow

    also how is it really HORSE if they’re all at different courts? the ball is going to bounce different, each participant has home advantage.

  6. Dodgethis

    At least they managed some intersectionalism with that woman in there… Now they have some “sexism” to blame when this flops.

  7. Curtisrowe

    I was just thinking to myself last night, you know what sounds awesome? Watching Paul Pierce play Allie Quigly in a game of horse.

  8. Yall are complaining about people working to raise money and entertain you with no sports around.

    Yes it would be better with big names but its on the big names to do it. Im sure if they were to talk to the NBA and everyone and say “hey i want to be part of this.” I cant see the NBA saying no.

    I applaud them for trying something different and hope they raise a ton.

    • ThePeople'sElbow

      are you not entertained. I’d rather watch Russel Crowe take shots than this absurd feckless lineup.

  9. JD Candello

    Super Coo event !

    Dont get the push-back, add some trash talk get some laughs in the studio (hopefully w Chuck) whats the prob here?

  10. sailorman67

    No dunking allowed. Nice to get a watered-down version of this game to pacify the female participants. I’m sure I’ll be watching……NOT!

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