‣ Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner enjoys building Lego sets in his downtime, a hobby that helps him unwind and divert his mind away from professional basketball. He has built 12 different projects and used 120,000 Legos since the season started.
‣ Turner’s hobby has sparked curiosity among fans about whether he would be interested in participating in Fox’s LEGO Masters show, which features teams building Lego projects to meet creative goals set by the challenge for each episode.
‣ NBA players like Turner and Los Angeles Lakers‘ LeBron James, who enjoys playing video games, continue to engage in their childhood passions.
"I build Legos, I don't play with Legos"
Myles Turner sets the record straight on his hobby.
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Myles Turner, the center for the Indiana Pacers, has a passion for basketball. But, after a 128-119 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA In-Season Tournament semifinals, he shared an intriguing pastime with reporters.
“I build Legos — it’s literally all I do in my downtime,” he confessed. “It’s a way to take my mind off of things.” He enjoys putting on some music or a show and spending a few hours assembling the plastic bricks. Since the season started, he’s completed 12 different projects and used up 120,000 Legos.
Lego building is more than just a hobby for Turner. It’s a way for him to unwind and distract his mind from the pressures of professional basketball. The nine-year veteran emphasized that he “builds Legos,” not “plays with them.” It’s a fun activity that helps him relax and forget about any issues or challenges.
“I build Legos, I don’t play with Legos,” he clarified. Some Pacers fans might be curious if Turner would consider appearing on Fox’s LEGO Masters show. The program features teams of two constructing Lego projects from a vast assortment of bricks and parts to meet the creative objectives of each episode’s challenge.
The show is hosted by Will Arnett, who also serves as an executive producer. Lego Group creative designers Amy Corbett and Jamie Berard are the show’s judges, and various guest stars have also hosted and judged.
Turner isn’t the only NBA player who still indulges in childhood hobbies. Last year, Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James expressed his enthusiasm for video games. On July 4, 2022, a video was posted by “sirwilkins,” featuring a fan expressing his love for Goldeneye 007, a 1997 first-person shooter video game for the Nintendo 64.
The video was reposted by Jim Ice with the caption, “Is this the real life, Leon Black??” James responded to the video, stating, “Man I know the feeling. That’s by far one of my favorite games all ALL-TIME!!!!!”
Speaking of James, the Pacers will face the Lakers in the inaugural NBA In-Season Tournament Championship. The game will be broadcast live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and ABC. According to ESPN’s Basketball Power Index, the Lakers have a 53.6% chance of beating the Pacers. NBA sportsbooks list the Lakers as 4.5-point favorites.