Nikola Vučević’s Lego Bulls fandom slowly but steadily builds – NBC Chicago
Vučević’s slowly but steadily built Lego fandom originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
All Nikola Vučević wants for retirement is her own room to build Lego sets.
Yes, the Chicago Bulls All-Star center is quite a fan.
“Not many people know about me,” Vučević said in an interview.
The attachment started, as it will for many children around the world this Christmas morning when Vučević was little.
“My parents bought me Legos and I fell in love with them at that point,” Vučević said.
The hobby cooled down a bit when Vučević came to the United States to study at USC and to begin his career in the NBA. That’s when he learned that the potentially itinerant nature of an NBA career — the 76ers traded him to the Magic after his rookie season — isn’t ideal for creating and developing. a collection.
“I didn’t want to build them and then have to take them apart if I move. If the movers don’t do a good job with them, I would be pissed off, ”Vučević said with a smile. “One day, I hope to build a nice room where I can keep them all. I think I have 10 big projects to do sitting in reserve, while waiting for my retirement.
Don’t worry, Bulls fans. Those days are far away. And even that goal hasn’t stopped Vučević recently from building the Batmobile, several other Star Wars sets, the Eiffel Tower and the London Bridge. He wisely used his quarantine time while waiting for his COVID-19 experience to end.
“I love Legos,” Vučević said. “It totally relaxes me. It’s great for your brain for your development. I hope to involve my children in it too.
The ages of these children – 3 years and 1 year — make it difficult for Vučević to display the finished products in his home.
“I have to hang them high so my kids don’t destroy them,” he laughed.
And a recent project included a brief moment of no relaxation.
“I inserted a part incorrectly when trying to put it together. It didn’t fit together, ”he said. “Fortunately I only had to make minimal adjustment and it worked. I was afraid of having to redo everything. And it was a set of several thousand pieces.
Vučević said he had an 8,000-piece Star Wars set that he was waiting to build. He has also recently started researching sets that are no longer produced on eBay and other websites. A friend recently gave him the set “Central Perk” — Vučević is a big fan of “Friends” — but Vučević already had it.
“I have to exchange it for another Lego set,” he said. “I’m starting to like architectural ones.”
Told that there were sets of Chicago architectural landmarks, Vučević raised an eyebrow. He’s addicted.
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