Brooklyn Nets to train at Duke

Aug. 28, 2013 @ 12:19 PM

Mason Plumlee will begin his NBA career in a familiar setting.

The Brooklyn Nets announced Wednesday they will hold their training camp at Duke’s Krzyzewski Center from Oct. 1-5.

Plumlee, a second-team All-American center for the Blue Devils last season, was Brooklyn’s first-round draft choice last June.

Another former Duke center, 1988 National Defensive Player of the Year Billy King, played a role in bringing the Nets to Durham. King is Brooklyn’s general manager.

“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,” King said in a statement. “Duke University offers first class basketball facilities and will provide an optimum training environment for our team.”

The Nets are under the direction of first-year head coach Jason Kidd, the former NBA All-Star guard who retired following last season. Kidd, as well as Brooklyn point guard Deron Williams, played for Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski with USA Basketball.

Kidd was part of Team USA’s 2008 Olympic gold medal winners while Williams played in 2008 in addition to the 2012 team that won gold at the London Olympics.

The Nets will travel to Durham Sept. 30.