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Marshall Plumlee
Position: -
Born: 07/14/92
Height: 7-0 / 2.13
Weight:250 lbs. / 113.4 kg.
Earnings: $620,721 ($662,604*)
He walked away from the dream to fulfill another, as a platoon leader in the U.S. Army, stationed at Fort Lewis in Washington. “They’ve been tremendously supportive and accepted, ‘Hey, Marshall is his own individual with his own individual passions. It just happens to be that Marshall is not only passionate about basketball, but passionate about the Army and about service,’ ” Plumlee said of his brothers. “They’re probably my biggest cheerleaders on this new team that I’m on. … It took some time for everyone to warm up to the idea because we were a basketball family and that’s all we knew. But seeing how happy I am, seeing how I’ve improved as a person, they know I’m exactly where I’m meant to be.”
Storyline: Marshall Plumlee Retirement
“Every time I got to serve in the National Guard, it was a great feeling. It never felt like work,” Plumlee said. “I kept getting that itch and wanted to serve in a different capacity. It’s really Coach K, I called him and he encouraged me to pursue active duty. His advice was, ‘You don’t always have a great jump shot and you don’t always dribble that well, but you do have a really good heart,’ and he encouraged me to follow my heart. I loved the NBA experience, but my gut told me I think it’d be cooler to continue to be a part of something bigger than myself.
He walked away from the dream to fulfill another, as a platoon leader in the U.S. Army, stationed at Fort Lewis in Washington. “They’ve been tremendously supportive and accepted, ‘Hey, Marshall is his own individual with his own individual passions. It just happens to be that Marshall is not only passionate about basketball, but passionate about the Army and about service,’ ” Plumlee said of his brothers. “They’re probably my biggest cheerleaders on this new team that I’m on. … It took some time for everyone to warm up to the idea because we were a basketball family and that’s all we knew. But seeing how happy I am, seeing how I’ve improved as a person, they know I’m exactly where I’m meant to be.”
Storyline: Marshall Plumlee Retirement
“Every time I got to serve in the National Guard, it was a great feeling. It never felt like work,” Plumlee said. “I kept getting that itch and wanted to serve in a different capacity. It’s really Coach K, I called him and he encouraged me to pursue active duty. His advice was, ‘You don’t always have a great jump shot and you don’t always dribble that well, but you do have a really good heart,’ and he encouraged me to follow my heart. I loved the NBA experience, but my gut told me I think it’d be cooler to continue to be a part of something bigger than myself.
Marshall Plumlee had been training his platoon for a week through combat scenarios with live ammunition, stumbling and learning until they completed the mission by blowing up a mine-wire obstacle with C-4 explosives. Plumlee, the former Knicks center, suddenly was hit with the same adrenaline rush he remembered at Duke, or the G League, or the NBA. “When I was able to help my squad leaders blow up that obstacle, in that moment, it was like the same as dunking on somebody in a basketball game,” Plumlee tells the Daily News. “It was a pretty surreal experience.”
Although Plumlee might’ve never elevated to anything more than a fringe NBA player, he still had opportunities to continue his pro career. Back in October of 2018, he was traded to the Nets’ G-League affiliate in Long Island. But Plumlee never played for the Nets, and doesn’t plan to ever play professional basketball again. “I enjoyed basketball, I loved playing it at the highest level,” Plumlee says. “But there was still an itch I wanted to scratch on the army side of things. I wanted to do it on a larger capacity. I feel like I learned all these great lessons in teamwork and leadership from some of the teams I’ve been a part of in the NBA, and I felt obligated to share that with the army team. The basketball is going to stop bouncing at some point. And for me, I figured I’d get a jump on it. I know I have something outside of basketball that I’m passionate about, something I love, let’s give this a real shot here and see how far I can go.”
Three years ago, Plumlee had just finished up his rookie season with the Knicks. Now he’s on a different team. “It was a really tough decision to leave basketball and I’ll say people often ask me if I miss it on the army side of things, but I tell them what I loved about basketball was the locker room environment,” Plumlee says. “I loved being part of a team, being part of something bigger than yourself. And in that sense, I haven’t left anything. If anything, I’m getting to do that on an even bigger level where the stakes are higher.”
Storyline: Marshall Plumlee Retirement