NBA players have a lot of time in the offseason and a lot of money, leading to picking up interests or hobbies outside the basketball court. For Myles Turner, it led to an impressive Lego collection.
“I was always putting s— together”
Myles Turner owns an impressive Lego collection which he frequently posts on his social media accounts. The Indiana Pacers big man has a 100,000-piece set called Darth Myles.
Also, he has the 9,000-piece Titanic set, which he posted on Titktok. The Titanic collection sells for about $629 - a small change for Myles, who signed a 4-year, $80 million contract in 2018.
So far, it’s paying off for Turner. Building Lego consumes his time and takes his mind off basketball. As the regular season takes its toll on players’ mental and physical health, they need an outlet and a hobby to express their creativity and artistry.
When asked how he picked up the hobby, Turner claimed his upbringing was a big factor. His parents prohibited him from playing video games until college. Building Lego was a way to escape boredom.
It will be a big season for Myles and the Pacers. The front office must decide soon if he is worth keeping in the long run. Turner delivered decent numbers of 12.9 points, 7.1 rebounds, and a league-leading 2.8 blocks per game before getting injured midway in the 2021-22 season. Now that there’s a new court general in town in Tyrese Haliburton, it’s exciting to see how his partnership with Turner would help push the Pacers into the postseason.
NBA players’ different hobbies
If Myles spends his free time building things, other players spend on bizarre items. Carmelo Anthony bought himself a pet - a camel at that, while others put up shark tanks or built an ATM inside their kitchen. When millionaires are bored, expect the unexpected to happen.
The bubble highlighted an important but often overlooked aspect of a player’s recovery: his me time. It might be spent with friends and family or playing video games. Many NBA players revealed that playing in the bubble affected them mentally, and wouldn’t want to enter one again anytime soon.
Kudos to Myles Turner for finding a hobby and sticking to it, and posting it on social media. Building Lego is for every age, and for him, it gives that nostalgic feeling that he could finally do whatever he likes now that he can afford it.