Thursday, November 7, 2013
Starting Five: Plumlee gets an earful
By Mike Mazzeo
NEW YORK -- Forty-two seconds after checking in for his first meaningful action as a pro, Mason Plumlee was called for an offensive foul.
And with that came an earful from future Hall of Famer Kevin Garnett.
So it goes for the Brooklyn Nets' rookie power forward.
“I’ve been yelled at by a lot of guys,” Plumlee said after Tuesday night’s 104-88 victory over the Utah Jazz. “I feel like Mario Chalmers.”
Things would get better for Plumlee.
With 3:32 left in the game, he was on the receiving end of a halfcourt alley-oop pass from backup point guard Shaun Livingston. Plumlee’s two-handed slam off Livingston’s assist gave the Nets a 102-77 lead.
“It felt good,” said Plumlee, who finished with five points and four rebounds in 17 minutes. “Shaun, you just make eye contact with him, run the lane and he’ll find you.”
Plumlee, 23, got some early minutes in the second quarter because the team’s usual backup power forward, Reggie Evans, picked up two quick fouls.
“It was great,” said the team’s first-round pick out of Duke. “I was out there with Kevin and some of the guys in the first rotation, so it’s always fun to play with them. I just tried to bring energy, because that’s all you can really do coming off the bench.”
With KG, Evans and centers Brook Lopez and Andray Blatche ahead of him on the depth chart, Plumlee likely won’t get much playing time this season. In fact, he might spend some time in the NBDL as he continues to develop.
But Plumlee is certainly relishing his chance to play in the NBA.
“This is my dream job,” he said. “And I’m just trying to make the most of it.”
CHECK IT OUT: In case you haven’t seen it, Plumlee did a video with Sports Illustrated in which he headed to Washington Square Park -- asking random people for their autographs. It’s quite funny.
QUESTION: Having had some time to think about it, do you like the Nets’ selection of Plumlee?
UP NOW: KG sent a message to the Nets before Tuesday’s game, and it was received. Plus, Joe Johnson adjusts to his new role.
WHAT’S NEXT: After having Wednesday off, the Nets hit the practice court again Thursday. Ohm Youngmisuk will have you covered.