The National Basketball Association and National Basketball Players Association announced today the first ever NBA HORSE Challenge Presented by State Farm which is set to begin on April 12 at 7:00pm ET.
And alas… SOME basketball to watch.
Eight former or current NBA and WNBA players are scheduled to participate in the single-elimination event. The participants include Chris Paul (Oklahoma City Thunder), Trae Young (Atlanta Hawks), Allie Quigley (Chicago Sky), Zach LaVine (Chicago Bulls), Mike Conley Jr. (Utah Jazz) and NBA Finals MVPs Chauncey Billups and Paul Pierce. Newly announced Naismith Hall of Famer and former Indiana Fever great Tamika Catchings will also participate and highlights the event.
NBA HORSE Challenge begins Sunday, April 12, at 7 pm/et on ESPN!
— WNBA (@WNBA) April 9, 2020
Participants will be divided into two groups with the winners of the first who matchups to meet in the semifinals. From there, the winner from each group advances to the championship round. AKA a very simple bracket format. The first shooter will be determined by a coin toss prior to each matchup. All participants have to "call their shot" prior to taking it clearly specifying the type of shot and score they are about to attempt and dunks are not allowed. The first player in each game to spell out HORSE is eliminated from the competition. (Let's be honest, if you don't know the rules to HORSE already, you probably won't be watching.)
The charity event is aimed at aiding in coronavirus/COVD-19 response efforts with State Farm planning to donate more than $200,000 on behalf of the participants. The NBA Community has raised more than $74 million to date to support the efforts.
ESPN is scheduled to air the four quarterfinal games on Sunday long with the semifinals and championship following on April 16 beginning at 9:00 pm ET.