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Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Nets to hold training camp at Duke

By Mike Mazzeo

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In an effort to build team unity, the Brooklyn Nets will hold training camp at Duke from Oct. 1-5.
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The Brooklyn Nets will hold training camp at Duke University from Oct. 1-5 and practice at the Michael K. Krzyzewski Center, the team announced Wednesday.

The Nets will leave for the Durham, N.C., campus after holding media day on Sept. 30 in Brooklyn.

“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,” Nets GM Billy King said in a statement. “Duke University offers first class basketball facilities and will provide an optimum training environment for our team.”

King (1988 National Defensive Player of the Year) and rookie Mason Plumlee both played for Coach K at Duke. Deron Williams (2012, 2008) and first-year coach Jason Kidd (2008) both played for Coach K on the Gold Medal-winning U.S. Olympic team.

The Nets had a busy offseason, adding Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Jason Terry, Andrei Kirilenko, Shaun Livingston, Alan Anderson and Plumlee to the fold. Livingston committed to play for Duke before deciding to bypass college and enter the 2004 NBA draft.

In an effort to build chemistry and camaraderie before camp, 10 players on the roster participated in voluntary workouts last week in Los Angeles.

The Nets also surrounded Kidd with six assistant coaches: Lawrence Frank, John Welch, Roy Rogers, Eric Hughes, Joe Prunty and Charles Klask.