— Mason Plumlee (@masonplumlee) August 23, 2014
The theme of this pod is "If You Were Commissioner For A Day." Basically, if you could change one thing about basketball, the NBA or the Nets, what would you do. You can tweet at us @bkglueguys or comment below for what you would do. Thanks for listening as always.
TGG starts with some chit-chat about splicing animal genes into our own (among other things) then Nets News Nuggets
(13:00) Jack's Jersey Number: How do we feel about the #0
(17:10) Brook's Weight Loss: What would be a successful season for Brook
(22:45) Plums Team USA Experience and Hollins Big-Man Rotation.
(35:30) If you were commissioner for a day, topics include: L.E.D. Basketball Courts, Relegation, 5-Boro Mascots, the Mid-level Cumulative Continuity Bonus, and a Referee Command Center.
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- Mason Plumlee failed to see court time for Team USA in last night’s blowout exhibition against the Dominican Republic. Still, Mike Mazzeo of ESPN New York reports that Plumlee remains confident he can make the final USA Roster.
- A few of Brooklyn’s European players fared much better last night. Nets Daily took a look at Sergey Karasev and Bojan Bogdonavic’s double-digit (and quite efficient) scoring performances in FIBA play.
- Another hat tip to Mazzeo who had a few questions for a slimmed down Brook Lopez who appears to be healthy and ready for the regular season.
- Andy Vazquez of The Bergen Record wrote that whether he makes the team or not, Plumlee certainly stands to benefit from his summer school session with Team USA.
- Nets individual game tickets are now on sale.
The Cleveland Cavaliers engineered a trade this summer with the Nets that gave them the cap space to re-sign forward LeBron James to a maximum contract, shedding Jarrett Jack's $6.3 million salary. To facilitate the deal, the Cavaliers also sent the Nets 20-year-old Russian prospect Sergey Karasev, who the Nets coveted in the draft but went a few picks early.
Karasev isn't a high-profile athlete, so we haven't heard much from him since the trade. But Alexander Chernykh of Rush'n Hoops translated an interview with Karasev with Nikolay Mysin of Sovetsky Sport, which touched on Karasev's new role, new team, and new apartment.
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The USA Men's National Basketball Team made its practice rounds in the Brooklyn Nets facility in Rutherford Tuesday, with the team posting the above Vine of Mason Plumlee hitting two non-successive jumpers in a facility he's assuredly comfortable in. (Granted, he'll only practice there for one more year: the team's moving to a fancy facility in Brooklyn after the 2014-15 season.)
The team will play two games at Madison Square Garden this week, both exhibitions: vs. the Dominican Republic on Wednesday and Puerto Rico on Friday. The team's final cuts could come as soon as Thursday. The team has an exhibition in Spain next Tuesday, and they wouldn't bring any players they weren't planning on keeping.
Anyway, these shots are boring. BRING ON THE DUNKS!
Plumlee's competing with Andre Drummond and DeMarcus Cousins for a center spot as Anthony Davis's backup. There are rumors that Plumlee's curried favor with USA coach Mike Krzyzewski, who Plumlee played under for four years at Duke. We'll know soon whether Plumlee's commitment to dunks and more dunks will win him a spot over the more talented but mercurial Cousins.
That's Brooklyn Nets CEO Brett Yormark pouring a bucket of ice water on himself for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which has raised over $13 million for ALS according to ALS Association.
Billy, Lionel: you're next.
Brooklyn Nets rookie Markel Brown accepted a nomination for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge through Instagram, pouring a bucket of ice water over his head and nominating three of his friends to either take the challenge or donate to ALS research.
You might notice one big thing: Brown's not wearing a cast:
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— JARRETT JACK (@Jarrettjack03) August 15, 2014
According to Jarrett Jack himself, he will wear the number 0 for the upcoming 2014-15 season with the Nets.
In his prior days, Jack wore #1 with the Blazers, Pacers, Raptors, and Cavaliers, and #2 with the Hornets (New Orleans) and Warriors.
Jason Collins, who played on the New Jersey Nets from 2001-2008 and later joined the Brooklyn Nets, becoming the first openly gay male athlete in one of the four major professional sports, is likely to retire from basketball, moving into the next stage of his life as an ambassador for the LGBT community.
That gives him a rare distinction among retiring NBA players: he's better suited for his next job than his last one.
From Marcus Thompson II of Inside Bay Area, who attended the Inforum Convention in San Francisco, where Collins spoke to roughly 600 people:
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