Duke to host Brooklyn Nets' training camp in October
After decades of Duke sending players to the NBA, the NBA will come to Duke this fall.
The Brooklyn Nets announced Wednesday they will hold their training camp at Duke’s Krzyzewski Center from Oct. 1-5.
The Nets will hold their media day in Brooklyn on Sept. 30, the day nearly all NBA teams hold their interview sessions, before traveling to the Triangle later that day. They’ll practice for six days on Duke’s campus.
The Nets will play their first preseason game shortly after leaving Duke. Brooklyn plays the Washington Wizards at Washington’s Verizon Center on Oct. 8.
The decision to bring camp south gives Mason Plumlee a chance to begin his NBA career in a familiar setting.
Plumlee, a second-team All-American center for the Blue Devils last season, was Brooklyn’s first-round draft choice last June. He played four seasons at Duke.
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. “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 after 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 on both the 2008 and 2012 teams that won gold.
Brooklyn is not the first NBA team to hold a training camp at Duke. The Detroit Pistons and Philadelphia 76ers have done so in the past.