The eight-person tournament will include only four current NBA players, Thunder keep Chris Paul, Hawks keep Trae Young, Bulls keep Zach LaVine and Jazz keep Mike Conley. The field will be completed by a pair of retired players, Billups de Chauncey and Paul Pierce, as well as the WNBA triple star Allie Quigley and newly elected member of the Hall of Fame Tamika Catchings.
The talent pool is understandable given the restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus. All participants will shoot on their original pitch, indoors or outdoors. Many active players do not have access to the courts with closed training facilities, and fears of spreading the virus do not allow competitors to be brought together in one place.
According to Joe Mussatto of The Oklahoman, Oddsmakers installed Young and Paul as favorites, who note that Young has a 2/1 odds of winning the tournament, while Paul has 5/2. They are followed by Conley (3/1), Pierce (4/1), LaVine (5/1), Billups (6/1), Quigley (8/1) and Catchings (10/1).
The competition will follow the traditional rules of the popular playground game. A draw will determine who goes first, and each player must describe the move before drawing. Dunking will not be allowed.
The tournament will raise money for COVID-19’s rescue efforts and will provide the first glimpse of live basketball on television in over a month. However, that won’t answer the question of who is truly the NBA’s H-O-R-S-E best player.
Once the league returns to normal, we would like to see an extended version, possibly involving a representative from each of the 30 teams in the league. Imagine a tournament with Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, James Harden, Damian lillard and other stars competing in the same format.
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