HoopsHype Mason Plumlee rumors

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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

August 22, 2014 Updates

That count stretches to only nine if you include two players USAB sources say have emerged as Krzyzewski favorites -- Golden State's Klay Thompson and Brooklyn's Mason Plumlee -- and then presume Rose and DeMarcus Cousins (bruised knee) will be healthy enough to fulfill their planned roles. "I'm not going to do assumptions," Krzyzewski said of Rose. "I think he's ready. I'm thinking about him playing and being there [in Spain]." ESPN.com

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The finalists include three Olympic gold medalists from 2012 - Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans), Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) and James Harden (Houston Rockets); three 2010 World Championship gold medalists – Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors); Durant and Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls); and the addition of Mason Plumlee (Brooklyn Nets) to the 2014-16 USA National Team roster and to the list of finalists participating in Chicago. Plumlee began the Las Vegas training camp as a member of the 2014 USA Select Team. USA Basketball

July 31, 2014 Updates

Brian Windhorst: 2 things from Team USA: post practice games between Durant/Harden/George are epic; Mason Plumlee likely to make team over DeMarcus Cousins Twitter @WindhorstESPN

Ailene Voisin: Reports from other outlets putting Mason Plumlee on 2014 World Cup ahead of Cousins. My USAB sources insistent no decision on bigs close. Twitter @ailene_voisin

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Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources: More invitees to USA Basketball training camp to work against national team: Brooklyn's Mason Plumlee and Phoenix's Miles Plumlee. Twitter @WojYahooNBA

July 5, 2014 Updates

But now that it’s happened, Plumlee said he is excited for the opportunity to play under new coach Lionel Hollins. “I was very surprised,” he said. “I think everybody was. I know you guys were, I was, but it’s part of it.” “I wish [Kidd] well. I’ve said constantly I had a great time playing for him, I enjoyed him as a coach. But now I’m looking forward to playing for coach Hollins. I haven’t met him yet, but I’m looking forward to that.” New York Post

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