Hawks guard Trae Young drives against New York Knicks guard Elfrid Payton in a NBA basketball game on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, in Atlanta. As the country grapples with coronavirus and how to best combat the spread of the disease, athletic teams and organizations are asking themselves that same question. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com
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As more stay home and social distance, Trae Young starts #InHouseChallege

Just like the rest of us, NBA players are encouraged to stay home and practice social distancing to help limit the spread of coronavirus. 

Those guidelines, as necessary as they may be, can cause even the most introverted and calm among us to go a little stir-crazy. And if you’re Hawks point guard Trae Young, you’re used to a much more rigorous routine. 

On Twitter, Young shed some light on what he’s doing to stay in shape and keep his shot at its best while stuck at home. The team recently closed its practice facility and NBA hiatus rules don’t permit players to use public gyms at this time, so in fairness, Young is down to his last few options. 

Young, who participated in the 3-point contest over All-Star weekend, held a miniature version of that (wearing his Team Giannis jersey), shooting socks into a small receptacle from a few yards away. Young got 19 of 20 pairs of socks into the hamper (that’s 95% from the field, or living room floor, if we’re counting).

Young tweeted out the video with the hashtag #InHouseChallenge, and others began following suit, using the hashtag with videos of them throwing miniature basketballs into a hoop from their living rooms or bedrooms, or throwing socks and laundry into a hamper just like Young. Teams around the league have done the same, with Charlotte Hornets mascot Hugo giving it a shot, narrated by voice of the Hornets John Focke. Some even took Young’s idea and tweaked it into a soccer theme, kicking a ball into a basket. 

Young welcomed others following in his footsteps and encouraged people to keep them coming.

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