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Mason Plumlee isn't whispering in Nets general manager Billy King's ear. But if he was, he'd endorse a move to bring Brooklyn legend Lance Stephenson to the Nets. Stephenson, in his first season with the Charlotte Hornets after starring at Coney Island's Lincoln High and later the Indiana Pacers, has been linked to a trade to the Nets for some time. New York Daily News

Trade talks involving Charlotte and Brooklyn restarted later last month that also involved Joe Johnson but nothing happened. "It's all speculation, though," Plumlee said to reporters on Thursday at the All-Star practice. "I could go through a lot of guys in the league you would love to play with but he gets brought up because he's a Brooklyn guy. I'm sure the city would love to have him. But he's not helping us right now." "I respect him as a player," added Plumlee. New York Daily News

February 10, 2015 Updates

By joining the growing faction of N.B.A. players who choose to wear a mouth guard in games, a player is forced to confront a certain small issue: Where do you keep the thing when you’re on the bench? Mason Plumlee of the Nets tucks his mouthpiece inside one of his socks, which he acknowledged is “not the most sanitary place in the world.” Rajon Rondo of the Dallas Mavericks has been observed spitting his straight down through the collar of his jersey — though where it lands, exactly, has remained something of a mystery. Cole Aldrich of the Knicks often takes the curved, wet plastic and hooks it around one of his ears. “Some guys put it in their spandex, and some guys put it in their sock, but I think that’s gross,” said Aldrich, who looked surprised when it was suggested that some might consider his method comparably disgusting. “I shampoo my hair every day, so I think my head is pretty clean.” New York Times

This season, Plumlee began working with a new company called GuardLab, whose marketing efforts seem to reflect the changing concept of mouth guards in athletics. In an interview, Flint Reilly, one of the company’s founders, noted the equipment’s usefulness in safeguarding against concussions and reducing muscle tension throughout the body. That is the same reason that Martell Webster of the Washington Wizards has, for the past few seasons, worn a thin, clear retainer that does little more than create separation between his top and bottom rows of teeth and encourage an optimal jaw alignment. “Everything is connected, so relaxing your jaw has an overall relaxing effect on your muscles,” Webster said. “Your body is looser, and in sports, especially basketball, you want to be as loose as you can.” New York Times

February 9, 2015 Updates

The 26-year old is a former college athlete, having played softball and field hockey at Division III Drew University. She’s a part-time coach; she spent a year as the field hockey coach at Elizabeth Seton. And she’s a huge sports fan, mostly cheering for Philly teams. (Sorry.) But in addition to her full-time job on the Hill, she also has student loans, so for more than a year she’s worked as a waitress at Wizards games. Which is how she finally got her face on just about every sports Web site in the world. Washington Post

It started when the basketball hopped lazily in her direction during the first quarter Saturday night; ” I just kind of see a ball coming towards me, and you can see me kind of kicking it out of the way so I don’t trip,” she remembered. “Then all of a sudden, I just see this giant white mass coming toward me.” The giant white mass, of course, was Plumlee. He kept coming, as large white masses in motion tend to do. Barr remembers tensing up, prepared to protect her precious cargo. “I literally held onto that thing like it was a newborn,” she said of her tray, which by her recollection included four Bud Lights, a winter ale, a gin and tonic and a Chardonnay. (Beer and wine are complimentary for her patrons; cocktails are not.) Washington Post

February 8, 2015 Updates

During a Saturday night game against the Washington Wizards, Mason Plumlee was chasing a ball out of bounds, like he does. He didn’t save the ball, and, on top of that, made a huge mess by making the court side waitress spill her entire platter of beer. For The Win

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You’ve seen Mason Plumlee has some impressive hang time. But what you might not have known is that the Nets rookie can get flashy with his jams. As you can see in the highlight video above (watch the last 12 seconds), he once jammed three balls in a single leap. And apparently he was the first to do it. “Then JaVale (McGee) did it in the dunk contest the same year (2011),” Plumlee said. “I told JaVale he stole it from me. I had the first video recording of the 3-ball dunk.” Plumlee, who finished runner-up to Avery Bradley in the 2009 McDonald’s All-American dunk contest, said he’d gladly accept an invitation to compete in the NBA’s version. The Nets haven’t had a dunk contest winner since Dr. J won the ABA’s competition. New York Daily News

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