One Nets executive summarizes Mason Plumlee's summer this way: "Mason is working hard and wants to be great."
That work of course is most evident in the Team USA tryouts, where he's gone from somewhat of a surprise choice for the USA Select practice squad to a VERY surprising choice as a Team USA finalist.
But that work ethic also applies to his community activities. On Tuesday, he was as omnipresent as he was in the paint during the Blue vs. White scrimmage Friday night.
In the morning, he was the center of attention for a group of kids at the McDonald's Community Clinic, which took place on the practice court at Barclays Center. There was a clinic hosted by Project SYLVIA (Saving Youth Lives through Vision, Intellect, and Athletics), a Coney Island group. Some 40 kids from the ages of 5 through 11 got a chance to meet --and get instructions from Plumlee.
In the afternoon, Plumlee dealt with a more adult crowd at Union Square in Manhattan (20 blocks south of The Garden). He signed autographs and posed for pictures, including with Zach Cullen, who started the #PlumleeforTeamUSA hashtag.
At the end of the event, the basketball-starved members of the Brooklyn Brigade wanted a group photo, but NBA security needed an okay. Plumlee intervened and told security, they're big fans and this is the result. That event was sponsored by NBANation and included Tim Hardaway Jr and Darryl Dawkins.
Plumlee returns to Team USA camp next week in Chicago as the team gets ready for its first exhibition game vs. Brazil on August 16.
Mason Plumlee is a busy man - Devin Kharpertian - The Brooklyn Game