This year’s version of the Brooklyn Nets is a deep team. It’s also an old team and it’s hard to tell where exactly the 23-year-old rookie Mason Plumlee fits in. He is certainly willing to do whatever coach Jason Kidd asks of him though.
“I haven’t spoken with him about (my role), but I know he’s going to expect me to come in and give guys minutes,” Plumlee said. “Whatever my role is on the court I think we’ll figure that out more in training camp and practice. Whatever he needs me to do, that’s what I’m going to tell him. That’s easy. Just tell me what to do and I’ll do it.”
Plumlee is certainly excited to be apart of this team as he was just as nervous and excited as anybody at the Barclays Center during Nets Media Day on Monday. He spent a while just talking with reporters about his fond memories of the guys he’s playing with now.
“I really remember the New Jersey years when (Kidd) was playing with (Kenyon Martin) and making those final runs,” he said. “That was really fun to watch. Of course later in his career watching him during the Olympics and with Dallas. He’s just been a mainstay in the NBA and every team he’s played for he made it better.”
He also loved watching Kevin Garnett. “Especially in Minnesota those were really fun to watch as a kid,” Plumlee said. “We haven’t had an official practice yet, but KG’s been a lot of fun. He’s full tilt all the time so you have to be on your game. ”
Plumlee also talked about how he’s trying to just soak everything in. He’s trying to enjoy being around his new teammates and learning as much as he can from them. He’s also adapting to life in the NBA after recently leaving Duke University following the 2013 NBA Draft.
“It’s a blessing to be on this team because not every rookie gets veterans like that and to not take advantage would be criminal,” he said.”
One thing he isn’t doing, worrying about the future. On a team with so many old guys it might be easy to think about what will happen to himself or the team in the near future. However, the near future to Plumlee is right now. “The future I’m thinking about is training camp, the preseason, and the first game. That’s being honest. It wouldn’t be fair to the older guys to think about the future. Having a chance to win the whole thing is special so I’m not looking past this year.”