Mason Plumlee, a 2013 Duke graduate, will be back on campus this fall with the rest of the Brooklyn Nets. Credit: CHUCK LIDDY
The Brooklyn Nets will hold training camp for the upcoming season at Duke, the school announced in a release Wednesday. The Nets will arrive in Durham on Sept. 30 and hold practices at the on-campus Michael W. Krzyzewski Center (adjacent to Cameron Indoor Stadium) Oct. 1-5 before returning north.
"With many new players and a new staff, going on the road for training camp will offer a unique opportunity for our players to bond and focus solely on basketball as they prepare for this season." Billy King, the Nets' general manager who played at Duke from 1985-88, said in a release. "Duke University offers first class basketball facilities and will provide an optimum training environment for our team."
The scenery will be familiar for Mason Plumlee, whom the Nets drafted with the 22nd overall pick in this year's NBA Draft. Along with Plumlee and King, the 1988 National Defensive Player of the Year, new Nets head coach Jason Kidd, along with All-Star point guard Deron Williams are also familiar with Duke program after playing for Mike Krzyzewskiwith the USA National Team. Kidd was a member of the 2008 Olympic gold medal team, while Williams won gold at both the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.
Chris Carrawell, the 2000 ACC Player of the Year, is also employed by the franchise as an assistant coach for the NBDL Springfield Armor. And Shaun Livingston, who was committed to Duke before bypassing college for the 2004 Draft, joined the team this offseason.
The Nets went 49-33 in last year's regular season, earning the four seed in the Eastern Conference. Brooklyn lost to the Chicago Bulls in seven games during the first round of the playoffs, but the roster has changed dramatically since then, adding Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Andrei Kirilenko, Jason Terry, Alan Anderson and Livingston while parting ways with Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, C.J. Watson, MarShon Brooks, Keith Bogans, Jerry Stackhouse and Kris Joseph.