Live basketball is on its way but with a twist as a host of NBA stars prepare to take part in an exciting last-man standing challenge on ESPN.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the NBA is looking at televising a HORSE challenge among current and ex-NBA and WNBA players.

Chris Paul, Trae Young and Zach LaVine are among those expected to take part.

HORSE is a game where players have to make the identical shot to that of the person before them.

If you miss you get a H and each participant is eliminated when HORSE is spelled.

It means that the aim of the game is to push the boundaries with trick shots that other players won’t be able to replicate.

Although Young is adamant that dunking is not allowed – for context he is yet to dunk in an NBA game.

Regardless of whether Young gets this wish, the competition would be a fantastic way for ESPN to provide entertainment for basketball fans experiencing withdrawals during the league shutdown.

Both Young and LaVine have been finessing their skills by taking their dogs on in one-on-one battles although they will likely face tougher opposition in the HORSE challenge.

Former Boston Celtics small forward Paul Pierce is also keen on getting in on the action, although he was savagely shut down by one fan.

If there was a wish list of faces that fans would love to see at the event you’d expect Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry to be right up the top.

His pregame rituals typically include tunnel shots among a host of other trick shots although recently he has taken to getting his fix through at-home golf challenges.

The NBA last had a H-O-R-S-E competition as part of its All-Star Weekend in 2009 and 2010.

It was not as popular as they hoped though and was scrapped after only two years.