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On the surface, there seems to be one inescapable problem with a LEGO NBA set. Doesn’t basketball require, at some point, a sphere? And doesn’t the entire universe of LEGO sort of lack that shape? No matter. With this set’s court and four players, they mercifully threw in an actual ball. Following the highly detailed graphic manual, you can construct a very urban-looking street court complete with two backboards. Despite the NBA name, this set features no likenesses of actual NBA players (though such can be purchased separately). But the players included are more interesting anyway since they are so unlike the traditional happy LEGO peg man. They snarl and have facial hair and goggles–you can almost hear them talking trash. And when you flick their spring-mounted bodies in the direction of the basket, the players actually shoot the ball themselves. Making your shots is challenging but not impossible, and becomes more difficult the farther you are from the basket, just like in the real NBA.