Horsing around in the NBA

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TNT is adding the game of Horse to its NBA All-Star 2009 coverage. Now, if you and I play Horse, it may not take long to spell out the five letters and send one of us to the sidelines. How different will the competition be when NBA players try to eliminate each other in the traditional school yard game?


The Horse game will air live during TNT’s two-hour Inside the NBA presented by Hyundai (5-7 pm ET) on Saturday, February 14th. The three NBA players who will compete have not yet been announced.

The game will take place on a 45′ X 50’ court alongside the network’s new NBA on TNT Rig at the NBA All-Star Block Party presented by Right Guard, the NBA’s new outdoor All-Star event. The NBA on TNT Rig will also serve as the host set for other studio shows on TNT and NBA TV throughout the weekend. The rig can rise up to 14 feet off the ground and rotate to show views of the arena, downtown area and NBA All-Star Block Party presented by Right Guard, can seat up to 117 guests and will be open to the public on select days. Calling the action from the rig will be Ernie Johnson, along with analysts Kenny Smith and Chris Webber.

The game will use a traditional format in which three players will establish the playing order. Once a shot is made, the next player in the predetermined order will attempt the same shot. If that player misses, he is assigned a letter (ex. H for the first miss, O for the second, etc.). The player following the miss can pick a new shot with which to challenge his competitors. There is no dunking allowed and players will have 24 seconds each to create and mimic shots. Players remain in the game until they have missed five shots following made baskets, thus spelling the word H-O-R-S-E. An NBA referee will be assigned to authenticate the new shots (that the player executed what he announced) and any mimic shot.