Athletes are arguably pretty darn talented in whatever sport they partake in for a living.
But what do they do when their sport is on hiatus? With the sports world on lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic, athletes from the NBA to soccer and beyond are letting us know what they are up to. You may not want to try some of these things at home!
Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry is working on his game. No, not his basketball one. His golf one!
Looks like Curry was inspired by Calloway Golf, which challenged him and others to send in their trick golf shots while staying home.
It's always important to get reps in (and in these times to have a distraction.) Here's what we're up to!— Callaway Golf (@CallawayGolf) March 20, 2020
Hey @StephenCurry30, @bryanbrosgolf, and @Holein1shots how are you #playingthrough? 👀 pic.twitter.com/I654pQOdFj
Others want to still be in the game -- no matter what they have to do to simulate it. Willson Contreras, a catcher for the Chicago Cubs, is simulating baseball in quite the interesting way with his brother at home.
Memphis Grizzlies rookie Ja Morant is pretending he is still in the game, too. He posted on both TikTok and Twitter himself donning his full game uniform for pretend intros in his living room.
What if we check in on Charlotte Hornets center Cody Zeller? He's attempting to acquire new hobbies -- and we're not sure if they're going well.
I think ESPN should continue to cover professional athletes this week as we each try to learn new skills and hobbies at home in our free time.— Cody Zeller (@CodyZeller) March 15, 2020
"Let's check in on Cody Zeller in Charlotte as he's trying to learn how to cook....Uh oh is that the smoke alarm?!"
Yesterday I decided that I was going to teach myself how to play guitar. I gave up after lesson 3 of a YouTube tutorial and my fingers hurt.— Cody Zeller (@CodyZeller) March 15, 2020
I'm realizing that there isn't much in life that actually I'm good at other than basketball! And honestly some would even argue that!
Liverpool's Gini Wijnaldum is trying his hand at pingpong.
Jeff McNeil of the New York Mets is possibly trying to become the best Monopoly player out there.
I did win the toy story monopoly game if anyone cares 😂🤷🏻♂️ https://t.co/TUWdNPIm6z— Jeff McNeil (@JeffMcNeil805) March 14, 2020
And Austrian golfer Matthias Schwab is working on how to uniquely use his golf club.
Some athletes are hoping they are still in tip-top shape when their sport comes back. Serge Ibaka of the Toronto Raptors is keeping us motivated to stay fit with a home gym.
Built my own little gym at home during the self quarantine... need to stay in shape! I hope everyone is staying safe, following the experts advise and keeping positive and calm. 🙏 pic.twitter.com/GGXrTk64Nn— Serge Ibaka (@sergeibaka) March 14, 2020
Alexis Sanchez, a forward for Serie A club Inter Milan, posted himself lifting logs with his two dogs by his side. The 31-year-old has been working his way back from injury.
Lucas Vázquez of Real Madrid also posted himself working out in his backyard, joined by his adorable son.
Not sure if this counts as working out, but Atlanta Hawks star Trae Young is getting his basketball game on one way or another at home.
You also have to stay limber for the next game -- whenever it is. Ballon d'Or winner Megan Rapinoe is stretching those hammys and hanging with pals virtually.
If you aren't able to workout at an elite level like Sergio Ramos is ...
... you can try dancing! Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain of Liverpool was working on some sweet moves with his girlfriend, singer Perrie Edwards.
Oklahoma City Thunder players Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Darius Bazley are convincing everyone they could become professional dancers.
And Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen has the empty-clubhouse dance down pat.
ICYMI: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Darius Bazley are doing their part to keep us entertained during the sports shutdown. pic.twitter.com/yJtLmG8TYD— Daily Thunder (@dailythunder) March 15, 2020
Andrew McCutchen knows what to do when given an empty clubhouse pic.twitter.com/DjtrttjfmW— Michael Clair (@michaelsclair) March 13, 2020
But it is the UConn's women's basketball team that the (group) dance moves down the best.
Some athletes are simply working on their best relaxation skills.
Tennis star Serena Williams, for example, is staying inside for six weeks to cook, clean, do face masks -- and most importantly, be a mom.
U.S. women's national soccer team star Carli Lloyd is also enjoying the quiet downtime.
Speaking of quiet. Here's something that is the opposite of quiet: Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid's new hairstyle.
Blessed to see another year but damn I'm getting old... I wish it could've been in different circumstances but all we can do is Pray and take the necessary measures to protect ourselves and others. Also TRUST THE PROCESS #26 pic.twitter.com/JIvi0bJw6A— Joel "Do a 180" Embiid??? (@JoelEmbiid) March 17, 2020
But leave it to LeBron James to show us how to do it all. He has spent time in the gym with his sons.
LeBron hitting the gym with his sons earlier today. pic.twitter.com/iaA3DqsuoF— LeBron Wire (@LeBron_Wire) March 14, 2020
James has also reminisced on his time playing for the Miami Heat with his good friend Dwyane Wade.
"Man we had more lobs in 4 years than the history of franchises itself 🤣🤣🤣"— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) March 13, 2020
LeBron James (@KingJames) was reminiscing on all of the alley-oops he and (@DwyaneWade) had together over the years on his first day off since the NBA's indefinite suspension. pic.twitter.com/YitqqlNQjb
But most importantly, James has become a full-fledged TikTok dad.
LeBron James is using the NBA hiatus to transition to full time Tik Tok Dad pic.twitter.com/l6msnoHcSs— LeBron Wire (@LeBron_Wire) March 14, 2020
And shout out to esports and gaming. We have a full list of how athletes turned to Twitch over the weekend. It certainly is the perfect time to become a gamer.
Here's more on how the coronavirus is affecting sports in the U.S. and around the world: