Lichtenstein: Nets’ Mason Plumlee Has No Business Going To Spain

August 20, 2014 5:58 PM

Lichtenstein: Nets’ Mason Plumlee Has No Business Going To Spain
By Steve Lichtenstein » More Columns

" Will Mason Plumlee really be invited to the ball?

" The Nets’ backup center may only be going into his second NBA season, but if he can muster another solid performance for the U.S. Men’s National Team on Wednesday versus the Dominican Republic at Madison Square Garden, all indications point to Plumlee garnering a coveted slot on the U.S.’ 12-man roster for the FIBA World Cup next month.

It’s a nice story — one that I wrote about a few weeks ago — about a hard-working and intelligent kid who has so far defied expectations after his late first-round selection by Brooklyn out of Duke a year ago.

Sure, he has had the help of his fairy godfather — Duke and Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski — and his minion in Nets general manager and Duke alum Billy King along the way, but give Plumlee credit for seizing the opportunities in front of him.

Plumlee has also benefitted from the relative dearth of available American big men for this tournament. Between injuries, fear of injuries and real or lame commitments, this U.S. team will be undersized when it faces stronger foes later in the tournament "

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