LeBron James, Mason PlumleeOn a team with two MVP winners and dozens of All-Stars, one voice rose above the rest on defense:

Mason Plumlee.

Per John Schumann’s NBA.com notebook:

I will say that Plumlee was the most vocal big man in the scrimmage. You can see the Kevin Garnett influence, because he’s always letting his backcourt teammates know if they’re by themselves on the perimeter or if there’s a screen coming.

Plumlee told YES Network about Garnett's influence in March:

Schumann took note of Plumlee’s struggles on offense, too:

Plumlee struggled offensively in the scrimmage, missing two free throws and committing two turnovers (an illegal screen and a traveling violation). Second, in talking about the bigs, Krzyzewski said that Plumlee “is going to be in the scrimmage on Friday.” Reading between the lines (which may be a bad idea), it sounds like Plumlee probably won’t be with the team beyond that.

That will happen to a sophomore competing with the world’s most talented players. Still, Plumlee refused to shrink in a gym full of the game’s giants. The guy on the fringe of camp seized a leadership role on defense. No small feat.

Plumlee possesses the athleticism to be an impact defender, and all signs appear to him having the work ethic to reach that goal. Plumlee growing as a more vocal defender only improves his chances to make that next step.

The best defenses are frequent communicators, and it’s reassuring to see Plumlee take another page from KG’s book.

NBA.com -- John Schumann, USA Camp – Day 3 Notes

 

Joe Johnson, DeMar DeRozan

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Joe Cool. The Armadillo Cowboy. Joe Jesus. Joe Johnson has been the most consistent Nets player throughout his time in Brooklyn, in play if not in moniker. Every other starting spot is racked with questions, but Johnson is entrenched. But there's one question that could help fill the rest of the starting lineup: Should Joe Johnson be a shooting guard or a small forward?
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Paul Westphal

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The Brooklyn Nets have finalized Lionel Hollins's coaching staff, surrounding him with six assistants, including one advanced scout.
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Duje Dukan, Cory Jefferson

Cory Jefferson at Baylor last season. (AP)

Nets forward Cory Jefferson had to wait longer than any draftee before hearing his name called on draft night, going 60th overall to the San Antonio Spurs before the Nets acquired his rights. But if you believe Jefferson’s college coach, he could have saved himself a lot of waiting.
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Mason Plumlee

Mason Plumlee could get a Team USA nod. (YES)

During Team USA’s second day of practices, Brooklyn Nets center Mason Plumlee was upgraded from the Select Team to participate in scrimmages along with the other 19 team members. The team is in desperate need of bigs after losing Kevin Love, Blake Griffin, and LaMarcus Aldridge. Team USA’s managing director Jerry Colangelo went about that issue by bringing in Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap, which only stalled the matter rather than solved it.

If Plumlee made that valuable of an impression on the coaching staff that quickly, they must think that Millsap won’t be enough to take on Spain’s very "big" 3 of Pau Gasol, Marc Gasol, and Serge Ibaka. Plumlee has a realistic shot at making the Senior Team, and here’s what he’ll be able to contribute if that dream does come true for the aspiring 24-year-old.
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Mason Plumlee, Elliot Williams, Michael Carter-Williams, Arnett Moultrie

Mason Plumlee (AP)

Brooklyn Nets center Mason Plumlee has been bumped up from the US Select Team to practice with the US National Team, Jerry Colangelo said during the team's practice today.
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Barclays Center

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Five restaurant workers at Barclays Center have filed a lawsuit against Levy Restaurants, who provide food at catering services at Barclays Center, for "Racial and Disability Discrimination" in the workplace.
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Did Jason Kidd get lucky?

Posted on: July 29th, 2014 by Chris Hooker Comments

 

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Last week, a question got thrown around among a few of The Brooklyn Game contributors about what to do with the elephant in the Barclays Center that is Jason Kidd's jersey hanging in the rafters. After all that transpired last month, did his second ugly exit from Nets warrant an "un-retirement" ceremony? Do his actions of the present dampen his play of the past?

When the Kidd news came out and that question appeared through my Twitter timeline, my answer was absolutely yes. Take it down, burn it, give the number to Cory Jefferson for all I care.

But I've calmed down. That's the wrong way to go about it.

His number was retired for one reason and one reason only: he was a ridiculously good basketball player for the New Jersey Nets. When ridiculously good basketball players play for a team, that team shows their gratitude by letting nobody ever wear that number again. That's just how it works.

But there's a bigger question here:
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Billy King, Deron Williams

Billy King, Deron Williams (AP)

Billy King is best known today as the general manager of the Brooklyn Nets, the man that engineered the "win-now" trades that developed the Brooklyn Nets from a laughingstock in the standings to a playoff team with an absurd luxury tax commitment.

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Sergey Karasev, Josh Smith

Sergey Karasev (AP)

An article in the Wall Street Journal about Brooklyn’s newest signing, Bojan Bogdonavic, contains a little gem about another Nets acquisition.
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Kyle Korver, Jared Sullinger

Kyle Korver (AP)

An incredible profile of Atlanta Hawks sharpshooter Kyle Korver by Zach Lowe of Grantland begins with Korver's humble NBA beginnings, as a 51st overall pick by the New Jersey Nets in the 2003 NBA Draft. The Nets were unenthused with Korver and already had an off-the-bench shooter in Lucious Harris, so they sold him to the Philadelphia 76ers.

How did that move pan out?
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The above showcases new Brooklyn Nets forward Bojan Bogdanovic at his introductory press conference at the team's practice facility in Rutherford, New Jersey. Bogdanovic briefly discusses his trek to the NBA, his new role with the team, and what he expects to bring to Brooklyn.

In 51 Euroleague and non-Euroleague games with Fenerbahce Ulker, Bogdanovic averaged 15.8 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game, according to Euroleague's official tallies. He was Fenerbahce's leading scorer.

"I am a shooter, but...last year I improved a lot with my game with the ball, pick-and-roll," Bogdanovic said. "I think that I'm good enough one-on-one, and I think that I'm ready."

But is that true? To figure it out, The Brooklyn Game gained access to the in-depth numbers provided by Synergy Sports Technology.
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