NBA Answers Fans' Prayers with a Game of H-O-R-S-E

John LorgeSenior Writer IFebruary 4, 2009

Has David Stern been reading our blogs? Can it be that the NBA is actually listening to their fans?

On Tuesday, Feb. 3, the NBA announced that TNT will be airing a game of H-O-R-S-E during All-Star Weekend that will include three NBA players.

The game will be played outdoors with a 24-second shot clock and a ref to determine if shots are made correctly.

Don't get too caught up in all of the rules, however. They're playing H-O-R-S-E, plain and simple.

Not since the 1993 McDonald's commercial with Michael Jordan and Larry Bird have I been so excited.

Finally, NBA Stars will get a chance to truly display their talents. Too often we write their half-court buzzer beaters off as luck, but now we will see that all of these theatrical shots have been practiced many times over.

Along with Ernie Johnson and Kenny Smith, Chris Webber will be announcing the action.  Yes, since Charles Barkley’s leave of absence this has been the standard team, but Webber is significant for two reasons:

1) Webber has one of the best H-O-R-S-E shots of all-time. His half-court, one-bounce shot is in the H-O-R-S-E Hall of Fame.

2) If you recall, in the McDonald's commercial series, Barkley wanted to join the action, but he was not allowed, and it serves as precedent for all H-O-R-S-E games henceforth.

Now that you are all jumping for joy, let's look at the players the NBA might select for the game. Whoever it is, the league needs to do some serious polling on who has the best trick shots.


If this were the case, my top three would be Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and Dwayne Wade for sheer star power. 

The next trio would be Chris Paul, Allen Iverson, and Paul Pierce. Even if CP3 is out with his groin injury, I think he could play. 

Non All-Star Stars

The NBA could also put together a game of players who got snubbed, although they may consider this a slap in the face. 

This game would include Carmelo Anthony, Vince Carter, and Manu Ginobili.

Big Men

During the Final Four, we all saw Kevin Love’s full-court magic, and he has more in store.  Rasheed Wallace also has a bag full of tricks he would like to display.


The NBA does not need to make H-O-R-S-E a remake of the three-point contest, so they shouldn't be worried about inviting snipers Kyle Korver and Jason Kapono.

Who do you think will be in the game?  Who do you think needs to be included?