Now, the National Basketball Association and ESPN are trying to fill that in a creative fashion.
The NBA has announced that they will be partnering with ESPN to host the first-ever NBA H-O-R-S-E Challenge. The field will also include a couple of WNBA players and recent National Basketball Association players, according to Woj.
The competition will be single-elimination, with each player participating "from their respective, isolated home courts", according to the NBA's announcement. The victor of each group will move on to the finals. Chicago Bulls guard Zach Lavine and 2008 NBA Finals MVP Paul Pierce make up the other quarterfinal matchup that features two male contestants.
The matchups will begin with a coin toss to determine shooting order, with the more senior of the two players calling heads or tails.
ESPN will present the four quarterfinal games on Sunday, and the semifinals and the championship game will air on Thursday, April 16, at 9 p.m. ET. "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, the competition's sponsor, will donate over $200,000 to charities focused on coronavirus response efforts on behalf of the eight competitors.
The NBA has worked to help provide entertainment to fans during the coronavirus outbreak with various fitness programs and social media challenges.
The even will be broadcast exclusively on ESPN and the ESPN app.