It’s a common catchphrase for basketball players, who turn their minds and bodies into gear-oriented machines to navigate 4,700 square feet of hardwood.
But in this case, “work” is a much different thing. It’s a 7,500-piece LEGO set.
“Once I start, it’s hard to stop,” Bronson says. “Play some music. Shut the door. Nobody bothers me.”
Bronson is neither a LEGO collector nor a enthusiast. Not yet at least.
The impetus for building a massive Millennium Falcon was Bronson’s passion for Star Wars, the sci-fi series he chose with a previous trilogy (episode three, ‘Revenge of the Sith’, remains Bronson’s favorite and he recoils from the view that actor Hayden Christensen was a disappointment in the role Anakin Skywalker).
The LEGO set is now selling online for $850 before taxes, a point in the ocean for a player earning $28 million this season.
But the competition for Han Solo’s ship was faster than the speed of light.
“I’ve been trying to get it for about two years, and then it’s all sold out,” he says. “It’s like when a new sneaker falls, they sell out fast.
“My fiancée finally got it for me.”
Brunson’s move to Knicks, perhaps the franchise’s most significant free agency signing since Amar’e Stoudemire, provided the 26-year-old with the perfect environment to build LEGO.
His new home didn’t have WiFi, leaving Bronson without the temptation of appliances. He worked hard but the Millennium Falcon, as Solow once explained, required a lot of modification before the Kessel Run was performed in less than 12 parsecs.
As of Sunday, Bronson was on the roughly 500th step out of 1,379, finishing less than halfway through. Installing WiFi did not help the schedule.
“It’s kind of slowed down since I got that,” he says.
However, Bronson found value in relieving mental stress during such a project. That could lead to more LEGO collecting and building, he says. Bronson’s day job, after all, is pretty intense.
After a great start to the season, the Knicks (3-3) were handed a reality test with defeats on the blast road to the Bucks and Caves, the best Eastern Conference teams.
Despite the difficulty of the entire group, Bronson took charge in post-match interviews by repeating, “That’s on me.” If nothing else, the words echoed Bronson’s leadership in a team that never held that role last season.
Bronson has gone further than expected with this kind of situation. He fell in the second round of the draft despite two NCAA titles with Villanova, a drop largely due to Bronson’s physical attributes.
“I’ve been told throughout my career that I’m too short, too slow, and it’s all bullshit,” Bronson said.
In Star Wars terms, he is underrated as Yoda on the planet Dagoba. Now he is the starting point guard for the Knicks and is building the Millennium Falcon.