We are more than a month removed since Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, and led to the immediate shutdown of the sports world. Since then, sports addicted individuals like myself have been anxiously awaiting the return of someone, somewhere playing a sport professionally. Tonight, the NBA and Commissioner Adam Silver will give us the closest thing they can, Isolation HORSE.
Tonight, at 7p.m. Eastern Time, ESPN will be broadcasting the opening round of the HORSE Championships. Eight professional basketball players will be participating from the safety of their home and their at-home basketball courts. The participants range from current NBA stars, retired stars, and WNBA stars.
The participants and the first-round matchups are:
- Atlanta Hawks Guard Trae Young vs. “Mr. Big Shot” Chauncey Billups
- Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Tamika Catchings vs. Utah Jazz Guard Mike Conley Jr.
- Chicago Bulls Forward Zach Lavine vs. “The Truth” Paul Pierce
- Oklahoma City Thunder Guard Chris Paul “CP3” vs. Chicago Sky Forward Allie Quigley
I don’t have any idea how this event is going to work. I am just so thankful that we will have something. I don’t know if there are going to be camera operators there in masks or if family members will record these shots from their phones. I also don’t care. I just want to see the best in the world do ridiculous things from their mansions. I don’t think that’s too much to ask in these trying times.
Commissioner Adam Silver, the National Basketball Association, and the players themselves are not just doing it for us and to bring some normalcy to the sports starved fans. State Farm will be donating $200,000 to the COVID-19 charities in the player’s names.
The Semi-Finals and Finals will be on ESPN, Thursday, April 19, at 9p.m.