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NBA reportedly working on televising a H-O-R-S-E competition while players are in isolation

NBA reportedly working on televising a H-O-R-S-E competition while players are in isolation

While we wait for the 2019-20 NBA season to return from suspension, the league may have found another way to entertain us. 

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the NBA is working on televising a H-O-R-S-E competition featuring several high-profile players, though they are unnamed as of now. 

In this case, players would shoot by themselves, presumably at their homes, and go shot-for-shot with other players remotely. The great thing about H-O-R-S-E is all you need to be able to do is shoot, leaving the door open for former players like Paul Pierce to get in on the fun. 

This wouldn't be the first time we've seen NBA players playing H-O-R-S-E on television. Back in 2010, Kevin Durant, Rajon Rondo and Omri Casspi played each other in H-O-R-S-E as a part of All-Star weekend. As you'd expect, Durant won. 

This follows the NBA kickstarting the first-ever NBA 2K Players Tournament Friday, where 16 NBA stars play each other in an NBA 2K20 tournament for charity. Kevin Durant, Donovan Mitchell, Trae Young and Wizards rookie Rui Hachimura headline the event that is expected to run until April 11. 

According to Woj, the details on the H-O-R-S-E competition are still being finalized with the league and ESPN, who'd ultimately air the event. 

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Mystics' Elena Delle Donne, Wizards Japanese Media each named finalists for Shorty Awards

Mystics' Elena Delle Donne, Wizards Japanese Media each named finalists for Shorty Awards

Outside of her exceptional play on the court, winning an MVP and WNBA title in 2019, Mystics superstar Elena Delle Donne could come home with a different kind of hardware this summer. 

Delle Donne's video highlighting her achievement joining basketball's elite 50-40-90 club, is a finalist for a Sports Shorty Award. The Shortys is an annual award show recognizing those produce real-time, short-form content across multiple social media platforms. 

The 50-40-90 club consists of players who've shot over 50% from the field, 40% from three and 90% from the free-throw line over the course of an entire season. Delle Donne shot 51.5% from the floor, 43% from three and 97.4% on her free throws in 2019 and became the first player in WNBA history to join the exclusive club.

Only eight NBA players have ever posted 50-40-90 shooting numbers, and Delle Donne's video rightfully equates her accomplishment to the men. 

It doesn't stop there for DC basketball's representation at the Shorty Awards. 

Wizards Japanese Media is also a finalist for a Sports Shorty following its first season on the NBA beat. After the Wizards drafted Japanese-born Rui Hachimura ninth overall in the 2019 NBA Draft, they also launched a website, twitter account and mobile app to capture the excitement of a brand new group of fans. 

Both Wizards Japanese Media and Delle Donne are among six finalists for the Sports Shorty category and the winners will be announced during a digital ceremony on May 3. 

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Isaiah Thomas confident he'll get another NBA opportunity, wants to play until he's 40

Isaiah Thomas confident he'll get another NBA opportunity, wants to play until he's 40

Despite his best efforts, Isaiah Thomas did not make the return to stardom he was hoping for after joining the Wizards last summer on a one-year contract. 

The two-time All-Star averaged 12.2 points per game, shot just over 40% from the floor and 41% from three over 40 games before he was traded to the Clippers at the trade deadline and subsequentially waived. 

Still, Thomas is confident he can catch on with another team soon and that he'll play until he's 40 years old. 

"I have a lot left in the tank and my goal has always been to play until 40 [years old], and I'm going to try everything I can to reach that," he said. 

Thomas made two All-Star games and averaged nearly 30 points per game with the Celtics because of his finishing in the paint and his ability to explode through just about every defense you could think of. Not to mention he played the game with a different level of fire and grit you only see in the greats. 

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Coming off hip surgery, the fire was still there, but Thomas' body didn't appear to let him do the same things he did in Boston. He couldn't score inside as efficiently, so he was forced into becoming primarily a jump shooter. If his shot wasn't on, it was going to be a rough game. 

As difficult as the season was from a production standpoint, Thomas views it as a positive. 

"I didn't take any days off and that was a positive from where I was coming from," Thomas told Chris Miller on the Wizards Talk Podcast. "It had been two years since I could get better each and every day and not take any days off, and that big for me.

Right now, I mean physically, I'm great," he said. "I'm just trying to stay physically sharp as best as I can throughout this situation and what's next for me is waiting for the next opportunity in the NBA."

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