Paul Pierce among players participating in NBA HORSE Challenge, which will air on ESPN beginning Sunday


Basketball is back... kinda.

ESPN announced Wednesday the new NBA HORSE Challenge, which will air on ESPN beginning Sunday.

Chris Paul, Trae Young, Tamika Catchings, Zach LaVine, Allie Quigley, Mike Conley Jr., Chauncey Billups and Paul Pierce will all participate in a single-elimination HORSE competition from their respective, isolated home courts.

Here are the rules: A coin toss at the start of each game will determine who shoots first, with the more senior player calling heads or tails.  Players must describe each shot attempt, specifying the type of score they intend to make before taking a shot, such as a bank shot or swish. Dunking is prohibited. The first player in each game to accumulate the letters “H-O-R-S-E” after failing to match five shots is eliminated.

State Farm will donate more than $200,000 on behalf of the participants to charities to help with COVID-19.

The schedule is as follows.

Sunday, April 12 7-9 p.m.: Quarterfinals Group 1: Trae Young vs. Chauncey Billups, Quarterfinals Group 1: Tamika Catchings vs. Mike Conley Jr., Quarterfinals Group 2: Zach LaVine vs. Paul Pierce, Quarterfinals Group 2: Chris Paul vs. Allie Quigley

9-11 p.m.: Quarterfinals Encore Presentations

Thursday, April 16 7-9 p.m.: Quarterfinals Encore Presentations

9-11 p.m.: Group 1: Semifinals, Group 2: Semifinals, HORSE Championship Game