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Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009 at 4:39 pm  |  96 responses

TNT Adds H-O-R-S-E to All-Star Weekend

by Marcel Mutoni

For years, NBA fans have clamored for the League to add new events to All-Star weekend, with H-O-R-S-E being a leading candidate. And for years, the League has responded by adding inexplicably crappy events to its showcase weekend. Not sure if you noticed or not, but there’s a lot of change happening in our world, and that change apparently includes the mid-season gala.

H-O-R-S-E won’t “officially” be part of the NBA All-Star Weekend in Phoenix in a couple of weeks, but thanks to TNT, NBA stars will take part in the event. From TNT PR (Via: AA):

The game will take place on a 45′ X 50’ court alongside the network’s new NBA on TNT Rig (photo attached) 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.

Though the network has yet to announce who will take part in this, it has a lot of potential, obviously. I just hope whoever they convince to participate will put on a good enough show for this to become a staple.

Feel free to nominate your candidates in the comments below.

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  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    thank god. now make it official damnit.

  • http://4point0show.com Wes

    Thank you TNT! Sometimes, you just hafta make it happen…

  • http://where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    I’d like to see Manu, Nash, CP3, and Sasha for sh!ts and giggles.

  • Somebody33

    Dwyane Wade, Lebron James, Ray Allen, Kobe Bryant

  • http://www.ravingblacklunatic.blogspot.com Allenp

    shoulda played P.I.G.

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    The picture for this post on the front page is a best thing ever.

  • Wiz

    Arenas,paul,t-mac,kobe

  • mike

    how about shaq, ben wallace, solomon jones, patrick o’bryant – let kids see some real true strokes

  • Jackie Moon

    Jerome James, Jason Kapono, Stephon Marbury, and Darius Miles

  • G Diesel

    Sun Yue, Yao Ming, Yi Jianlian and Tracy McGrady.

  • http://www.prepaidlegal.com/hub/hollie30 Dang I’m Nice!!!

    Kobe, Lebron, Dwade, CP3. Then have them play a two-on-two competition lol.

  • http://myspace.com/arodakaroman and1ballermj2350

    Manu, Nash, CP3 and Agent Zero would be awsome as far as guys that have made some amazing plays and off the wall shots. they should have a horse game with these guys then with nothing but centers like yao, duncan, shaq. and Rasheed, that would be awsome! haha

  • Jackie Moon

    G Diesel – that one was funny.

  • tenorca

    Doesn’t mention if these dudes are gonna be pulled from the All-Star pool or not, does it? If not, I nominate JR Smith to shoot 45 footers with a bl(o)unt hanging out his mouth.

  • http://noreferences.blogspot.com/ RobFitz

    Give me Ben Gordon, Manu, Stephen Jackson, and OJ Mayo. Don’t ask me why, but that combination of styles just sounds hilarious.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    Sweet. I don’t think we’ll be seeing many big names but it should be pretty entertaining.

  • mike

    andrew bynum, gerald wallace, jameer nelson, michael redd

  • Sebastian B. O. Bunionstow, esq.

    Jameeer Nelson and Steph, some dnps

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Ray Allen, LeBron James, Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant.

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    ^Duncan, the human buzzkill? I’m sure he’ll pull out all the crazy shots! The bank shot, the left hand bank shot, the bank shot while wearing a hat, etc.

  • mike

    I just hope Magic Johnson is in it. He just doesn’t get involved enough during All-Star Weekend.

  • http://www.freewebs.com/betcats BETCATS

    Mutoni i sure as hell used that picture of the Black Stallion on the Beach for one of my Blog Entrees at ‘The Cats Meow’ when i wrote words for it.

  • http://www.freewebs.com/betcats BETCATS

    anyway i would enter the following people: Vince Carter, JR Smith, Corey Maggette (see his 1 handed half court hook shot Vs. The Lakers), James White (i know he is not in the NBA right now but somebody go find that man), and Tracy McGrady or Lebron

  • Chris Ujma
  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    And we ate your blog “entree” tastefully, BET. I don’t care about the grammar I just used.

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    Rondo – no one can do the ball fake
    Rodman – can you say midget put back?
    Carter – only after being yelled at by the ref
    The Birdman

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    Moose, i actually did mean Entree. Remember, i am not a writer, but a artist/chef.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    how about just kenny smith, GP and webb? of course you’d have to mic them.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    I’d actually like to see shawn marion and peja stojakovic in this…for the simple fact that they make their standard jump shots look crazy-funny to mimic.

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com/ Michael NZ

    Wade, Manu, Paul.

    And that horse pic IS awesome.

  • D12FSU

    KEVIN LOVE

    dude made a full court “chest-pass” shot

  • http://hoops4life.com overtime

    Anyone else vote for Bill Russell, Tim Duncan, Bob Pettitt and Vlade Divac?

  • http://www.myspace.com/hemantsbeats what

    About damn time this happened.

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    MANU, VINCE, JR SMITH

  • tenorca

    BD would be pretty good. He actually practices taking retarded shots.

  • http://www.myspace.com/mcnarrative Kieran

    Heres the Pistol playing Iceman at horse
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCk7SjkSE4c

  • ace

    sheed would be awesome!
    Never saw th vid of him practising trick shots? for instance left and right hand three at the same time..

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    quick, someone call an ambulance. Sports guy just had a brain bleed, dude’s been pushing this idea for years!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    OK, OK, nice lame cover-up for the fact that you dropped out of Kindergarten so you never learned to spell, BET.

  • Big Sia

    Vince Wade Manu

  • Canuck

    Sheed Carter Nash and Gilbert would be pretty sick.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    Entree is really the chunk of my words. A verbal meal for your eyes. But okay Moose.

  • Jesse Bielasiak

    Manu, DG33, Eric Gordon, Jeff Green.

  • http://fdklf.com Jukai

    I’m really really really angry at Dacre for taking my Shawn Marion joke. For real.

  • http://fdklf.com Jukai

    Rick Barry and Lebron James. Slick Rick would win if he just shot around screens the entire time.

  • Heals

    Darksaber took the words right out of my fingers…

  • v

    boom dizzle, nash, and the glove….add reggie miller in there too.

  • mike

    michael jordan and kobe bryant

  • bakers’ dozen (12-13)

    JR Smith, Ray Allen, JJ Redick, and Kevin Durant

  • jose

    JR,SHAQ,WADE,HOWARD

    OR LEBRON vs. DAVID KALB (pt.2)

  • Bro D.

    Jeff Hornacek

  • fisticuffs

    olden polynice, tiger woods, conan obrien and a duck

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Kwame, Ben Wallace, Etan Thomas annnnnd…Shaq. But, they’d have to change the rules around, so it’d be whoever made 5 shots first would win. That could take forever though…

  • eric d

    sheed, melo, bdizzle, and the sleeper hedo turkgolu

  • Oli

    Sheed would be awesome! but wasn’t he mad after he had to replace kg at the actual all-star GAME last year? so i don’t think he’ll go there for a game of horse. of course, with sheed you never know…

  • Adam T

    My H O R S E game would have to be …:

    Kobe Bean Bryant

    Larry Bird

    Michael Jordan

    And that is it ………….

  • Cahyo

    they should choose players whose face or behaviour are closest to HORSE…i have some in my mind but ain’t gonna tell you

  • http://www.http://courtsidebasketball.blogspot.com/ stu

    tnt needs to be freakin cutting bill simmons a royalty cheque, he’s been harping on about all star weekend h-o-r-s-e for as many years as i can remember.. and agree with lang, best homepage shot ever!
    oh yeah – kobe, dirk, eric gordon and gilbert with his left

  • Prentice Mcgruder

    ^^Cahyo… Gotta be Chauncey, there is no more horse-like MFer walking gods green earth than dude.

  • Tuomas

    Damon Jones against himself, with everyone pointing and laughing at him.

  • http://www.slamonline.com mat smith

    on a side note, the dunk contest wont be the same without Chuck’s honesty :(

  • Oli

    also, could tnt please deliver us another barkley race? not against bavetta, but against the police.

  • Rob

    mj, kobe, lebron, grant hill.

  • Pigott17

    brina ( scalz) scalabrine v brian (dealin out)cardinal v steve (the bomber) novak

    (big bad)brent barry v mike (dont-leave me) dunleavy jr v matt (massive douche)carroll

    mike (makin it ruff) ruffin v micheal (Dr) doleac v joel (ghostface billa) pryzbilla

  • AMac

    Gilbert Arenas (craziness), Kevin Love (full court one handers), Gary Payton (repping TNT), and whoever the hell beat LeBron James at horse last time…

  • lilblue4rmthaO

    Now they need to add 1 on 1 that’ll be the issh

  • Ken

    Gil, Nash, and Kobe are obviously good choices.

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ Panagiotis Vasilopoulos

    oh my god…!!!BETCATS….is that you????!!!!(ask them for copyrights)
    @Moose….:come on, of course he didn’t finish kindergarden…you should know this by now…

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ Panagiotis Vasilopoulos

    i put my money on Nash (i don’t know why,propably because of his football connection)

  • http://thesportsdiaryonline.blogspot.com Roy

    That’s gonna be interesting to watch if ever… :D

  • dookie

    Sheed, Kevin Love, David Lee and DWade or CP3

  • The Seed

    Kobe, Manu, Lebron, Dwade

  • The Seed

    and Vince Carter

  • MeloMan13

    and Mo Pettttttttte!!

  • http://allday-fadeaway.blogspot.com nbk

    Rasheed Wallace, go to youtube and search rasheed wallace trick shots. Dude hits a three with both hands AT THE SAME TIME.

  • Charles

    Rafer Alston, Kobe, Tracy McGrady, Kevin Durant, Manu and Wade. If Arenas is healthy then I think he replaces Wade though. Don’t try to tell me Alston doesn’t belong in this competition.

    Random pairings of 3 square off and then the two winners play in the final.

    That’s the truth!

    Lebron would not be fun to watch in this kind of competition. He’s would be much better suited for one-on-one. His moves are more impressive when he is doing them through people.

  • nathan

    Nash, Eric Gordon, Wade, and ROY.
    for intertainment.
    Yao, Shaq, Ben Wallace, and Greg Oden.
    haha, they need something like this.

  • nathan

    for one on one muggsy bogues vs…… Yao ming.

  • donlaker

    bird ,magic, jordan, kobe , and bo outlaw in a game of horse …wow, dear mr stern ….thanks for letting somebody besides your wife suggest some other games of chance at all star weekend.
    jordan and pipen one on one….

  • KaponoE

    Olden Polynice, Greg Ostertag, Arvydas
    Sabonis, Michael Olowokandi… That’s that FIRE!!!

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    Baron Davis, Steve Nash, Jason Terry and Rasheed Wallace. But of course there’s no way Sheed will be back at an All-Star game unless he’s forced to do it.

  • je708

    i will definitely watch this ASG weekend. I would like to see arenas, shaq, and rick barry(with the underhanded FT to clinch the win, after shaq refuses to even attempt such a shot that is so below him).

  • Dwyane

    Allen Iverson Chris Paul and Devin Harris

  • http://slamonline.com/online/nba/2009/02/whats-my-name-21 John

    they should do an additinal old school guys horse like Bird Magic and Jordan

  • front office daddy

    Well, here’s my players list

    Shaq
    Matt Bonner
    Mark Madsen
    George Karl
    Glen Davis
    Spike Lee

    That would be so much fun

  • feds

    Lebron’s mom, Kobe’s Dad, Tony Parker’s wife,
    any one of Shawn Kemp’s kid, Rodman in wedding dress, and Obama

  • David

    pete maravich, george gervin. paul westphal. bob macadoo. look it up on youtube.

  • håka

    james,wade,jason richardson* and howard!

  • donlaker

    the ultimate h o r s e would
    be bo outlaw vs darryl dawkins
    or david stern vs bud selig but on the serious side: van excel vs gail goodrich 2 leftys im in l.a. trick

  • donlaker

    bo outlaw did hit the bottom left corner of the back board , on a free throw , and what is funny dude had to take off his goggles ive never laughed so hard in my life

  • EC

    Varejao, Divac, Manu, (insert any spurs player)and Nash should play F.L.O.P.

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    Jokes aside, there are a bunch of trick shot artists who’d be great in this. Rasheed, Manu, Nash. D-Wade and Vince, too. I’m sure there’re some younger gunners out there who’d be great in it, too.

  • dude

    how about that guy from ohio that beat lebron in his trickshot challenge

  • dwade3

    Ok realistically (sry i cant spell), Ben Gordon, Sasha Vujacic, Vlad Rad, Mo Williams

  • Lan

    In order for this game to pass the test from backyard fun to a spectacle for everyone to tune in and watch (and not change the channel), they have to have the background music right, the timing right, and they can’t make up any genius ideas to change the fundamentals of HORSE. Especially the last.

  • Sampson

    Sean May and Shack make 20 free throw never mind thats impossible

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