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The Corrado family was eating at Arthur Bryant bar b q in Kansas City when the President came in. The resulting selfie has become a small viral sensation. But we know that the real significance is that one of the Corrados, who appear to live in Colarado, was wearing a Nets hat.

 

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In these United States of America, we love our country. We take sports way too seriously. When combining these two passions, people can get quite emotional.

That brings us to Mason Plumlee:
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The Nets announced a rather international preseason schedule today opening up on October 7 with Euroleague Champion, the Israeli basketball club Maccabi Tel Aviv, at the Barclays Center, and including exhibition games against the Sacramento Kings in Shanghai (Oct. 12) and Beijing, China (Oct. 15), respectively.

The six-game preseason schedule  includes three home contests at the Barclays Center. A complete preseason schedule is below.

 DATE DAY TIME OPPONENT
10/7/14 Tuesday 7:30 PM vs. Maccabi Tel Aviv (Barclays Center)
10/12/14 Sunday 1:00 AM at Sacramento (Shanghai, China)
10/15/14 Wednesday 7:30 AM vs. Sacramento (Beijing, China)
10/19/14 Sunday 3:00 PM vs. Boston (Barclays Center)
10/20/14 Monday 7:30 PM vs. Philadelphia (Barclays Center)
10/22/14 Wednesday 7:30 PM at Boston (TD Garden)

 

The announcement in its entirety can be found here.

 

Joe Johnson, Deron Williams, Brook Lopez

Is it really time? (AP)

The Nets are dedicated to bringing a championship to Brooklyn. But let’s face it: they're most likely not winning one with this roster next season, and the same applies for the season after. So is it time for the Nets to throw in the towel with their core and re-build once more?

I say no -- and it all goes back to the future.
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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

Joe Johnson (AP)

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

Westphal (AP)

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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