Now, we have the full field.
The other competitors are a current NBA player (Mike Conley), two former NBA players (Paul Pierce and Chauncey Billups), a current WNBA player (Allie Quigley) and a former WNBA player (Tamika Catchings).
Here’s the bracket:
The NBA HORSE quarterfinals will be televised Sunday at 7 p.m. Eastern. The semifinals and final will be televised the following Thursday at 9 p.m. Eastern.
The rules, per NBA release:
A coin toss at the start of each game will determine who shoots first, with the more senior player calling heads or tails. Players must describe each shot attempt, specifying the type of score they intend to make before taking a shot, such as a bank shot or swish. Dunking is prohibited. The first player in each game to accumulate the letters “H-O-R-S-E” after failing to match five shots is eliminated.
No dunking is a big blow to LaVine. That was his nearly unstoppable competitive advantage (which is surely why it’s banned).
As is, all eight entrants have a shot. The current NBA players would usually have a greater superiority, but with training interrupted, the field is leveled. Anyone could get hot during the competition, which will be held with each player shooting from a separate location.
I don’t have high expectations for this event. Previous NBA HORSE competitions at All-Star Weekend underwhelmed.
But with the coronavirus pandemic forcing widespread cancellations in sports, the bar is low. I’ll watch this.