Last Updated on May 8, 2020
For anyone that grew up playing “H-O-R-S-E” in their driveways, on the street, at their local basketball gyms or clubs, this could be a great way to enjoy some form of sports during the suspension of the NBA due to coronavirus concerns.
Multiple reports have surfaced in early April that some big-name NBA players could be playing a version of “HORSE” against each other, and it could be televised. Let’s take a look at the latest from an NBA insider, some players that could play, and more.
HORSE Roster Announced – Chris Paul, Trae Young, and Zach LaVine Lead the Way
Full ‘HORSE’ roster:
▪️ Chris Paul
▪️ Trae Young
▪️ Zach LaVine
▪️ Mike Conley
▪️ Chauncey Billups
▪️ Paul Pierce
▪️ Allie Quigley
▪️ Tamika Catchings
Who you got? pic.twitter.com/Vz6pQY1PGg
— Bleacher Report NBA (@BR_NBA) April 9, 2020
The unprecedented HORSE competition during the coronavirus pandemic has been officially announced, with quite a few big names. The roster has some NBA players, former NBA players turned broadcasters, and WNBA personalities from around the world as they will look to compete in a virtual HORSE competition, broadcast on ESPN.
- Trae Young
- Chris Paul
- Zach LaVine
- Mike Conley
Former NBA Players
- Chauncey Billups
- Paul Pierce
- Allie Quigley
- Tamika Catchings
Based on this roster, the clear favorite has to be Trae Young with his shooting range, or Zach LaVine with his athletic ability. The rules will certainly determine this, as a common rule of HORSE is “no dunks”. What is interesting is that Mike Conley is a left-handed shooting player, which could add a layer of difficulty of reverse-hands shots come into account. In addition, all the participating players are guards or wings of some sort, which allow for some ball-handling and shooting talents. Regardless of how the event turns out, kudos to basketball for trying to get something going.
Woj Eludes to HORSE on ESPN Happening
The NBA and ESPN are working on televising a H-O-R-S-E competition involving several high-profile players, sources say. Players would shoot in isolation – presumably in home gyms – and match shots against competitors. Details are still being finalized.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 4, 2020
ESPN’s Senior NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the NBA is in discussions with ESPN to televise a “H-O-R-S-E” contest with some big-name NBA players. Per the tweet linked above, it would include some sort of video from players’ home gyms and other competitors would then have to match. If there is anything we know for sure, it is that if “Woj” tweets something about the NBA, it is more than likely to be true.
Woj Reports Chris Paul and Trae Young to Compete in HORSE
The important news is certainly that of Woj mentioning that “several high-profile players” would be involved. The following tweet includes Chris Paul, Trae Young, and Zach LaVine among others. Who could the recent NBA alumni be?
Sources: The NBA and ESPN plan to televise a HORSE competition is nearing completion and among those expected to participate include Chris Paul, Trae Young and Zach LaVine. Competition will also include a couple of WNBA players and recent NBA alumni.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 8, 2020
Betting Odds for NBA HORSE Contest on ESPN?
The sports betting public is scrambling for something to bet on since all major sports are quarantined with the rest of the country. This HORSE competition may provide the first betting opportunity for bettors and legal online sportsbooks alike.
Once the competition is confirmed, expect DraftKings Sportsbook and FanDuel sportsbook to post odds on which player will win specific matchups and the overall contest itself. Most NBA fans are ready to lay down some cash of Steph Curry to win the contest.
Which Big Name NBA Players Would Play?
That time Kevin Durant beat Rajon Rondo and Omri Casspi in HORSE during 2010 NBA All-Star Weekend. pic.twitter.com/uPSvwDHcs7
— Jeff Eisenband (@JeffEisenband) April 4, 2020
Remember the 2010 NBA All Star Weekend? Kevin Durant took on Rajon Rondo and Omri Casspi and won in a game of HORSE, and he won quite easily. Of course, both Durant and Rondo are veterans now and Omri Casspi is out of the NBA, but could Kevin Durant play? Assuming it is a low-stress activity as he recovers from an injury, Durant could look to “defend the crown” from his win 10 years ago at All Star weekend.
The obvious player that comes to mind is Warriors’ superstar Steph Curry, who seemingly has endless range and would be perfect for a HORSE competition. That also goes for Warriors’ teammate Klay Thompson, who is a sharpshooter himself in his own right. Other players that come to mind are Anthony Davis, Karl-Anthony Towns, Luka Doncic, Trae Young and more.
Larry Bird and Michael Jordan Play HORSE in McDonald’s Commercial
Remember this commercial? In a terrific advertisement from McDonald’s, Larry Bird and Michael Jordan played HORSE for a Big Mac and fries. The key quote from Larry Bird was “No dunking”. That is something that has grown as a customary rule in “HORSE”. In this commercial, Bird and Jordan make some incredible shots (most aren’t real!) but it was an entertaining concept. How cool would it be if the NBA and ESPN broadcast these two playing HORSE from their own homes?
NBA Players Playing HORSE – Steph Curry vs. Kevin Durant
Remember this? It would be worth watching a rematch of two of the top candidates for a NBA HORSE competition between two of the best offensive players in the NBA. Would would have the edge? Durant is coming back from injury, and Steph Curry can make a jump shot from essentially anywhere on the floor. In the above video, Kevin Durant beats Steph Curry, yet another televised HORSE victory after the 2010 All Star game. Durant seems to be good at this type of thing. In this video, the two players play a small version of HORSE, called PIG.
NBA Players Playing HORSE – Pistol Pete Maravich vs. George Gervin in Old School HORSE
Back in the 70s and 80s, it was customary to have some of the top NBA (or ABA) players in the league face off against each other in a game of HORSE. This video shows Pistol Pete Maravich and George Gervin in a friendly game of HORSE. Maravich is in many of these videos, and most can be seen on YouTube.
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