We're all starved for sports during the COVID-19 pandemic, and while no sports leagues will return to action as long as public health interest dictates they stay dormant, the NBA has a temporary solution.
The NBA and ESPN are teaming up to air a H-O-R-S-E competition involving some of the game's greatest stars. Said game will be held remotely, of course, in home gyms across the country.
We admire the creativity, and some form of basketball is better than no basketball.
It remains to be seen what, if any, prize money will be at stake here. The NBA has already organized a 2K tournament involving some of their best, which aired on ESPN earlier this week. While that's received fairly limited interaction so far, an actual game which incorporates competitiveness and on-court skill would surely intrigue basketball fans in need of their next fix.
Perhaps most importantly, said game is safe to play and does not risk the health of athletes. If all goes swimmingly, this could open the door for other virtual competitions while we wait out advice from health professionals as to when it's okay to resume mass sporting events.
An isolated Slam Dunk Contest? 3-point competition from home gyms?
Fine, let's not get ahead of ourselves.
Of course, not every player's on board with this latest idea. Doesn't exactly suit their skill sets.
Only kidding. We think.