So the field has been set for the 2010 NBA All-Star Weekend H-O-R-S-E event. According to JE Skeets at Ball Don’t Lie, this year’s event will see returning champion Kevin Durant take on Israeli rookie sensation Omri Casspi and Rajon “there’s no F-T in” Rondo.
As Skeets pointed out well, “This year’s shot-making shoot-out raises the stakes, as the contest will be held on All-Star Saturday Night (at 7 p.m. ET) in front of a packed house in Dallas.
Pray Rondo’s been workin’ on those free throws.”
With that in mind, I thought it was worthwhile taking a look at the H-O-R-S-E contests (or G-E-I-C-O as it was named last year in an unpopular marketing sell-out) from years gone by to see what we have in store for us. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the Ultimate Collection of H-O-R-S-E Videos.
2009 saw a return to the event which had been missing from the All-Star Weekeend for a long time. It was held on an outdoor court during the Phoenix, Arizona event. Here is video of last year’s event featuring Durant, Joe Johnson and OJ Mayo:
As you can see, watching the whole thing live can be a little laborious. It’s much nicer as a tight highlights package without all of the misses.
In 1978 we saw the ultimate old-school matchup in George Gervin taking on Pistol Pete Maravich (the Omni, Atlanta):
From the same year, we also have Pistol Pete taking on big Bob McAdoo (this is the most entertaining to watch):
Also from ’78, the very suave Paul Westphal against John Williamson in an ambidextrous challenge:
1978 – The very rare Doug Collins (check him out!) vs Bingo Smith:
1978 – Pistol Pete against “Bubbles” Hawkins:
1978 – Paul Westphal against Portland’s Lionel Hollins:
2006 – Steve Nash playing a modified version of HORSE against ProTrade competition winner Chris Barney:
2007 – Deron Williams playing HORSE against a Utah Jazz fan:
1993 – The famous Larry Bird v Michael Jordan McDonalds advertisement:
1994 – The very rarely seen Charles Barkley, Larry Bird, MJ advert for McDonalds:
2010 – The remake sporned by the above Larry v MJ ads, featuring LeBron v Dwight
2008 – Bill Walton versus Will Ferrell for the movie Semi-Pro:
2008 – LeBron James against an 8-year old
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