The NBA has been suspended for nearly a month now, and players and fans alike have been reeling from the lack of action. In an effort to fill the content hole, the NBA and ESPN are teaming up for a televised HORSE Challenge.
According to an official statement, it's set to begin airing April 12 on ESPN, and will be headlined by the likes of Chris Paul, Trae Young, and 2020 Hall of Fame inductee Tameeka Catchings. Adrian Wojnarowski first hinted at the lineup on Wednesday.
Along with Paul, Young, and Catchings, the competition will also include Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine and Utah Jazz guard Mike Conley Jr., as well as NBA legends Paul Pierce and Chauncey Billups. Three-time WNBA All-Star Allie Quigley will also participate.
Here's how it'll work: The players will be divided into two groups of four, with the winners of the first two games in each group meeting in the semifinals. A coin toss will determine who shoots first, with the more senior players choosing heads or tails. Unfortunately, dunking is not allowed,
State Farm will also be donating $200,000 on behalf of the participants toward COVID-19 response efforts.
The quarterfinals are set to air on ESPN at 7 p.m. on Sunday, while the semifinals and title matchup will air next Thursday at 9 p.m.