Charlotte Hornets: Players are making the most of NBA’s hiatus

Charlotte Hornets Cody Zeller. Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Charlotte Hornets Cody Zeller. Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

While one week has passed for the Charlotte Hornets and fans, the NBA’s suspension of the regular season is not stopping some from doing productive things.

As of Wednesday, the Charlotte Hornets have gone a full week without playing any basketball. Last week, the NBA suspended the regular season after one Utah Jazz player was diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus.

Since Commissioner Adam Silver announced a hiatus for the league, many NBA players have also been diagnosed with the virus. With the league’s suspension, teams have not been able to spread the virus to other teams.

As this week has felt like an eternity, the Charlotte Hornets and its players have been making the most of their wait. To start, the team and its players announced a partnership on Sunday that would compensate arena workers for the Hornets and Greensboro Swarm.

During this past week, groups of Hornets players have been hanging out with each other at home. Players posted stories on Instagram of playing games, watching highlights, and eating dinner together.

However, one player has taken the NBA’s hiatus and learned another new skill. Hornets starting center, Cody Zeller, has taken this downtime to learn how to play the guitar.

Many players on the Hornets have been watching tv, hanging out, and playing NBA 2K. So far, what Zeller is doing with his time seems to be the most productive, as he’s learning a new skill.

On the season, Zeller has averaged 11.1 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. He’s remained the Hornets’ most consistent starter at the center position, and he’s still under contract until after next season.

As players continue to wait for more news regarding the season, they will likely be able to do a lot more. The NBA also recently announced that players could leave their marketed city, and only travel within the United States.

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The NBA set a minimum of 30 days for their hiatus, but this number could continue to grow. The league is expected to make more announcements in the coming weeks.