NBA & ESPN Reveal H-O-R-S-E Competition Participants


The competition begins on Sunday, April 12, at 7 p.m. EST, and will adhere to CDC social distancing guidelines as players will be filmed shooting on isolated home courts as they compete shot for shot in the iconic playground game.

The NBA became the first USA sports league to suspend its season on March 12.

Other participants include Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine, Utah Jazz guard Mike Conley Jr, three-time Women's NBA All-Star Allie Quigley and 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Tamika Catchings. National Basketball Association commentator Mark Jones will serve as the official host. For the past several weeks, the sports network has relied on a brew of repeats game broadcasts, sports movies and documentary programs, along with new broadcasts of signature news and talk shows like "SportsCenter", "Get Up" and "First Take". The players are split into two groups, with the victor of each group advancing to the finals. If a player is unable to make the same shot as the player who went before them, they'll earn a letter. The victor from each group will then move on to the championship round.

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In an effort to even the playing field, no dunks will be allowed.

The NBA, NBPA and ESPN are reportedly close to finalizing a H-O-R-S-E competition that will feature current and past players from the NBA and WNBA, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

Thursday April 16, 9-11 p.m. (ET): The semifinals will be held, starring the winners of each group quarterfinal, with a championship after that.