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


Atlanta Hawks star Trae Young, Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine, Utah Jazz veteran Mike Conley, and Oklahoma City Thunder ball-handler Chris Paul are the four current National Basketball Association players who will participate, ESPN announced Thursday.

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If you've never played H-O-R-S-E, this is how it'll work: The players will take turns trying to match made shots (dunking is outlawed).

A coin toss will determine who shoots first, with the more senior player calling heads or tails.

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Former Celtics forward Paul Pierce is among the eight participants slated to compete in ESPN's National Basketball Association H-O-R-S-E Challenge.

Those expected to participate include Chris Paul, Trae Young and Zahch LaVine. Players must then describe each shot attempt, specifying the type of score (e.g. bank shot, swish) they intend to make before taking a shot.

The network said participants will be divided into two groups of four, with the winners of the first two games in each group moving on to the semifinals. The victor from each group will then move on to the championship round. 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. LaVine responded to Young with a series of laughing emojis.

State Farm, the competition's sponsor, will donate over $200,000 to charities focused on coronavirus response efforts on behalf of the eight competitors.