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Report: NBA, ESPN close to completing deal for H-O-R-S-E competition

The League and ESPN will parter up to televise a game of H-O-R-S-E featuring Chris Paul, Trae Young and Zach LaVine.

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Chris Paul reacts during the second half against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA and ESPN are close to completing a deal to televise a H-O-R-S-E competition, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Wednesday. The competition would be televised on ESPN and could feature superstars Chris Paul, Trae Young and Zach LaVine among other NBA players. The competition will also include WNBA players and NBA alumni. It was previously reported that the event would be in isolation, so players would be competing via video streams from personal gyms around the world.

This would be the second time the NBA and ESPN has partnered up to bring us some basketball activities. The two are currently housing an NBA 2K Players Tournament, which resumes with the quarterfinals on Thursday night on ESPN2 from 7-11 PM ET. Zach LaVine was among the players to compete in the 2K tourney, losing in the first round to Deandre Ayton. LaVine mentioned during the match that he has a personal gym at his home and a court, so he’s been keeping in shape.

This should be a fun event if it goes down. H-O-R-S-E is in the vein of an All-Star Game Weekend competition. The players should have no trouble getting creative with their shot selection while in isolation due to the coronavirus pandemic.