Brooklyn Nets to train at Duke
The Brooklyn Nets will hold their training camp at Duke University this year, using the Blue Devils’ practice facilities from October 1-5 to get ready for the season.
The Nets have a few connections back to Duke, according to The Associated Press, including rookie center Mason Plumlee, who just finished playing at Duke, and general manager Billy King who was the team captain for the Blue Devils’ 1988 Final Four team. The Nets will hold media day in Brooklyn on September 30 before heading to Durham, N.C., says ESPN.
King seems to make it a point of taking his teams to his alma mater. He brought the Philadelphia 76ers to Durham several times when he was their GM. Duke head coach Mike Kryzewski has also coached two members of the Nets on Olympic National teams, point guard Deron Williams in 2012 and 2008 and new Nets head coach Jason Kidd in 2008.
“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.” said King, via Duke’s athletic site. “Duke University offers first class basketball facilities and will provide an optimum training environment for our team.”