Plumlee Practices with 2014 USA Basketball Men’s National Team
Mason Plumlee has been promoted from USA Select Team to Team USA and practiced with Team USA on Tuesday, July 29. Jerry Colangelo, USA Basketball managing director, told NBA TV that they added Mason Plumlee on Tuesday when asked if there was a player from the Select Team that would be considered for a roster spot. “He has good size,” USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo told NBA TV in discussing Plumlee’s promotion. “He’s active.”
“Giving him an opportunity to play with the USA Team,” Colangelo told NBA.com, “that puts him in a position where he could earn himself a spot [on the final 12-man roster]. It’s possible.”
Plumlee shares some thoughts about his experience.
“[I want to] just pick up things from the best players in the league. “It’s not everyday you get to practice with [Derrick] Rose, Kevin Durant and a lot of these guys. So you’re always learning no matter where you’re playing. You see what they do, their habits, the different things that they find success with, and then try to add it to your game.”
"There’s a lot to it," Plumlee said of his responsibilities as a USA big. "You know you have to be a great screener to play for [Coach K]. You have to be on the boards all the time. There are different things you have to see as a big man. Like, in our half-court sets, you’re going to be a playmaker-passer from the elbow. So, there’s a lot that goes into it. Just because you aren’t putting the ball in the hole, there’s a lot more to it."
USA Basketball named Mason Plumlee as one of the 13 top young NBA players to the 2014 USA Men’s Select Team. Click here to read more.