HoopsHype Mason Plumlee rumors

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Mason Plumlee is a big man. A big, BIG man. Exactly how big? Six feet, 11 inches, and 235 pounds. On Saturday when Plumlee selflessly leaped out of bounds to save a play against the Charlotte Hornets, he nearly flattened a very, very small child. How small? Odds has it at under 95 pounds, soaking wet and holding a brick, and probably less than five feet tall. So the face the little kid made after the harrowing experience is totally understandable. For The Win

December 1, 2014 Updates

A day after his coach challenged him to play better, Brooklyn Nets big man Mason Plumlee was asked about Lionel Hollins’ critique of his game. “It’s whatever. That’s my quote,” Plumlee replied, shaking his head following Saturday’s practice. ESPN.com

Much was expected of Plumlee in his second NBA season after the strong summer he had, winning gold at the FIBA World Cup as a member of Team USA. But he’s struggled early on and has recently been lifted from the rotation in favor of Jerome Jordan. “Well, it’s been tough. Playing some minutes is tough,” Plumlee said. “You get used to playing 20-25 minutes -- that stretch at the end of [last] season, I got real comfortable getting a lot of minutes. I’m back to playing a minute here, two minutes there, and you just have to build trust with the new staff.” ESPN.com

November 29, 2014 Updates

A day after his coach challenged him to play better, Brooklyn Nets big man Mason Plumlee was asked about Lionel Hollins’ critique of his game. “It’s whatever. That’s my quote,” Plumlee replied, shaking his head following Saturday’s practice. Much was expected of Plumlee in his second NBA season after the strong summer he had, winning gold at the FIBA World Cup as a member of Team USA. But he’s struggled early on, and has recently been lifted from the rotation in favor of Jerome Jordan. ESPN.com

November 24, 2014 Updates

But while the results haven’t been what he or the team would like, Plumlee said the bigger issue for him is trying to do too much. “By the end of last year I kind of had a rhythm, I was playing extended minutes, and to go from that back to spot minutes is an adjustment,” Plumlee said. “I have to be better in the minutes I have. “I’m not always getting a lather, I’m not always getting a sweat, and I think that’s probably the biggest thing. I don’t think it’s so much style of play, or anything like that, but I think that’s why I’ll be in foul trouble a lot. … I’ll be eager to do something, instead of just playing the same way in a shorter time period and building off of that, where you’re not pressing, you’re not forcing things.” New York Post

November 15, 2014 Updates

Lot of surprises there, including Lopez' teammate Mason Plumlee ahead of Tim Duncan. Then again, Hollins is mostly using Plumlee only against bench players so he's boosting numbers that way. Same might be true of Gobert. Omer Asik, Roy Hibbert, Gasol, those are all established. Maybe most impressive is Robin Lopez and Chris Kaman's numbers together. That's a big deal for Portand, who was atrocious last year at defense. They finished 16th in defensive efficiency, but had outlier performances against the West that were much worse. They've ticked up to 10th this season. CBSSports.com

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Nets Daily: team insider says @Mason Plumlee has "more swagger" after his FIBA summer. We'll see tonight. Can't let Sullinger grab 20 boards again. Twitter @NetsDaily

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Though the 24-year-old says he’s not motivated by the slights, he is used to hearing them. (There was little criticism, however, when Nets general manager Billy King, who also played at Duke, selected Plumlee with the 22nd overall pick in the 2013 Draft.) “Honestly, especially being at a high profile program like Duke, you just learn to block it out,” said Plumlee on Saturday following the first morning practice of training camp. “I’m moreso out here for my teammates, for my family. There are bigger reasons to play the game and to play well then somebody writing an article about you.” New York Daily News

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“I really wanted the chance to play for the gold medal,” Irving said in an interview with The News & Observer in Bilbao, Spain, “to represent my country and have this experience.” Plumlee, on the other hand, was content just for playing time with the Nets. A rookie during the 2013-2014 season, Plumlee, 6 feet 11 inches and 235 pounds, started 22 games thanks to an early season-ending injury to Nets’ starting center and 2013 All-Star Brook Lopez. “My biggest thing was to go out there and gain the coaches’ trust,” Plumlee told The N&O. “Just be aggressive and show that I could contribute.” Raleigh News & Observer

Plumlee, who played four seasons under Kryzyewski at Duke, said chemistry with his former coach has helped him make an easier adjustment to the international game. Though a different experience than playing at Cameron Indoor, Plumlee said his time with Kryzyewski in Spain has, in a way, been Déjà-vu. “There’s so much similarity and familiarity with knowing what Coach wants and what he’s looking for,” Plumlee said. “Just hearing him in meetings and breaking down film, it’s fun to be a part of again because he’s the best at that. It’s great to be back playing for him and I’m really enjoying it.” Raleigh News & Observer

August 26, 2014 Updates

It certainly wasn't a defense and not even an explanation, but in an interview with a North Carolina newspaper, Mike Krzyzewski talks about why he chose his former center for Team USA ... and how USA Basketball only decided at the last minute to choose a select team to practice against the senior team. "We weren't even sure we were going to have a Select team for the training in Las Vegas, so that was a last-minute addition, just having a Select team," Krzyzewski told Bret Stretlow of The Fayetteville Observer. "The Select team did a terrific job, and Mason all of a sudden came to the forefront and made us say, 'Shouldn't we look at this guy? We have the perimeter, but what about the bigs?' NetsDaily

August 25, 2014 Updates

“[Plumlee’s] a great communicator,” Thibodeau said. “You see that he sees things early. He’s a multiple-effort guy. That’s what Kevin is, and any time a young guy has an opportunity to be around a guy like Kevin, it’s very beneficial. “Kevin is a great player and just the way Mason developed last season, I thought he had a great year and I think it’s carrying over into the summer. He’s a guy that plays with a lot of confidence.” New York Post

August 23, 2014 Updates

Just a few hours after a 112-86 victory over Puerto Rico at Madison Square Garden on Friday and six days before it needed to, the U.S. National Team finalized its roster for the FIBA World Cup in Spain. In a bit of a surprise, two players – DeMar DeRozan and Andre Drummond – who didn’t play on Friday made the final roster. Drummond is the fourth center on the team, while DeRozan made the cut over Chandler Parsons and Kyle Korver. He offers more playmaking and explosive scoring ability than the other two. In addition to Korver and Parsons, Damian Lillard and Gordon Hayward did not make the 12-man roster. NBA.com

USA Basketball National Team Managing Director Jerry Colangelo announced Friday night the 12 players who will represent the United States at the 2014 FIBA (International Basketball Federation) Basketball World Cup that is being held Aug. 30-Sept. 14 in Spain. The player announcement followed the USA's112-86 exhibition victory over Puerto Rico Friday evening at Madison Square Garden. Named as members of the official 2014 USA Basketball World Cup Team were: DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings); Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors); Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans); DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors); Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons); Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets); Rudy Gay (Sacramento Kings); James Harden (Houston Rockets); Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers); Mason Plumlee (Brooklyn Nets); Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls); and Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors). USA Basketball

“Since taking over the USA Basketball Men’s National Team program in 2005, this was without doubt the most difficult selection process we’ve gone through,” said Colangelo. “I can’t stress enough the outstanding effort and commitment that has been given by each finalist. I also want to make it clear that this is not just about talent – each player is incredibly talented and each player offered us unique skills. In the end it was about assembling the best team, selecting guys who we felt would be able to best play the kind of style we envision this team playing.” “The first thing is we are very pleased with the overall effort of every player who was a part of the process,” said Mike Krzyzewski, USA head coach and Duke University’s Naismith Hall of Fame mentor. “To select twelve was difficult, because our pool is so good. As we go forward, we not only go forward as twelve, we go forward as a pool for USA Basketball. As a staff we want to thank the players who are not going forward. “I’m excited about the 12 players selected and feel we have excellent versatility and the makings of a really good defensive team.” USA Basketball

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