The Brooklyn Nets will hold training camp for the upcoming season at Duke, the school announced in a release Wednesday. The Nets will arrive in Durham on Sept. 30 and hold practices at the on-campus Michael W. Krzyzewski Center (adjacent to Cameron Indoor Stadium) Oct. 1-5 before returning north.
“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.” Billy King, the Nets’ general manager who played at Duke from 1985-88, said in a release. “Duke University offers first-class basketball facilities and will provide an optimum training environment for our team.”
The scenery will be familiar for Mason Plumlee, whom the Nets drafted with the 22nd overall pick in this year’s NBA Draft. Along with Plumlee and King, the 1988 National Defensive Player of the Year, new Nets head coach Jason Kidd, along with All-Star point guard Deron Williams, are also familiar with the Duke program after playing for Mike Krzyzewski with the USA National Team. Kidd was a member of the 2008 Olympic gold medal team, while Williams won gold at both the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.
Chris Carrawell, the 2000 ACC Player of the Year, is also employed by the franchise as an assistant coach for the NBDL Springfield Armor. And Shaun Livingston, who was committed to Duke before bypassing college for the 2004 Draft, joined the team this offseason.
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