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NBA, ESPN eye televised H-O-R-S-E competition

The National Basketball Association and US sports network ESPN are reportedly planning to put on a H-O-R-S-E competition involving several high-profile players.

According to an ESPN report, the NBA, ESPN and the NBA Players Association have discussed staging the individual shooting game, which would involve competitors taking part in isolation, which likely means from their own homes or gyms.

No participants have been confirmed. But Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, Donovan Mitchell and Zion Williamson have already been linked with the planned event.

The NBA has included H-O-R-S-E in previous All-Star Weekend competitions.

The event would be the latest attempt by both the NBA and ESPN to try to fill the competition void amid the global Covid-19 pandemic.

As another interim measure, the NBA, NBA Players Association, and 2K computer game publisher Take-Two Interactive Software created the players-only NBA 2K Players Tournament, which began on April 3 and is being aired on ESPN.

The NBA is currently on an indefinite suspension due to the ongoing health crisis. It is unclear when the league will resume action but commissioner Adam Silver recently said he was “optimistic” that the 2019-20 season could be salvaged, though it is unclear in what format.