WATCH: Giannis learns to rock amid coronavirus outbreak

MANILA, Philippines – The coronavirus outbreak has forced NBA players to pursue other hobbies as they deal with the indefinite league suspension

NBA stars such as Paul George, Luka Doncic, Ja Morant, and Trae Young have all resorted to gaming to avoid boredom. 

Reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Giannis Antetokounmpo, meanwhile, has started to polish his musical skills.

In a video posted by his longtime partner Mariah Danae Riddlesprigger, the "Greek Freak" was seen playing the guitar plucking the notes of rock classic "Smoke on the Water" by Deep Purple. 

"My new hobby," Antetokounmpo said after struggling to finish the guitar riff. 


This ladies and gentlemen is why we all need basketball back... @Giannis_An34 — Mariah Danae (@mariahdanae15) March 15, 2020


Antetokounmpo has made a strong case of defending his MVP award as he upped his averages from last season to 29.6 points and 13.7 rebounds on top of 5.8 assists, 1.0 blocks, and 1.0 steals. 

With him in lethal form, the Milwaukee Bucks emerged as the winningest team in the NBA with a league-best 53-12 record. 

By the time the NBA returns, Antetokounmpo probably could finish an entire song on the guitar. –

Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.