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Rumor: Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, Donovan Mitchell, Zion Williamson could participate in H-O-R-S-E competition

NBA, Chris Paul, Zion Williamson, Donovan Mitchell, Russell Westbrook

Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, Donovan Mitchell and Zion Williamson could reportedly participate in the H-O-R-S-E competition the NBA and ESPN are working on, per Andrew Marchand of The New York Post.

Discussions have been ongoing among the NBA, NBPA and ESPN about a competition among several players in isolation — presumably using home gyms — that would include them competing shot for shot in the traditional playground game, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

The NBA has been shut down since March 12 after Utah Jazz All-Star center Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19.

Current isolation protocols governing the NBA make it impossible for players to compete in the same location together. Team owners in the league are hopeful of resuming the 2019-20 season in the summer, but the odds don’t look too good right now since the coronavirus continues to spread across the world.

Before the season was suspended, the Milwaukee Bucks had the best record in the league, while LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers were in second place — but atop the Western Conference standings.

It remains to be seen which players will really participate in the planned program of the NBA. However, hearing that the likes of Paul, Westbrook, Mitchell and Williamson are interested is certainly reassuring and exciting for fans who are searching for some sort of distraction from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hopefully, the plan will push through and more big-name players will join in the fun.