Mike Conley Jr wins NBA's Horse Challenge as sport (sort of) returns

Tanya Simon
May 22, 2020

It may not be true "live sports" but ESPN is set to wrap up their National Basketball Association H.O.R.S.E. tournament challenge tonight with current and former National Basketball Association stars and WNBA players facing off from a variety of locations across the country live with the semifinals and finals tipping off on Thursday at 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET on ESPN and streaming live online through the ESPN app.

According to a Thursday press release from NBA.com, State Farm will donate more than $200,000 on behalf of the participants to charities focused on coronavirus response efforts.

"I'm happy to have won", Conley told ESPN.

Conley Jr. advanced to the final after beating retired NBA champion Chauncey Billups and LaVine knocked off WNBA All-Star Allie Quigley of the Chicago Sky in the other semifinal.

It is worth noting that the competition's rules stipulates that dunking is not allowed, which would have been a huge advantage for LaVine.

-LaVine gets back into the contest by finishing a left hand reverse lay-up after touching the backboard with the ball on the right side of the rim. LaVine's opponents had a hard time matching his all-net layups.

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With tough rival Billups following imminent, Conley stated he is servicing some even more innovative shots, consisting of rotates and also a one-leg shot.

"He had some tricks I hadn't seen before", LaVine said.

"It was fun. It comes down to making shots and he made some really, really, really tough shots". 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. The fun-loving Gobert exhibited some careless behavior before the center was aware that he was infected.

"Our team chemistry has been as solid as ever and I am excited to hopefully get out there soon once this thing gets under control", Conley added.

Now Conley, like the rest of the National Basketball Association, is hoping that he can get back to the real competition eventually.

"Number one, guys just want to know all the precautions are taken, that we want to be safe and we don't want to put our families at jeopardy or anybody else", Conley said about a potential return.

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