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Nets to hold training camp at Duke

New Nets players Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and

New Nets players Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry hold up their new uniforms at a press conference at the Barclays Center. (July 18, 2013) (Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy)

The Nets have Carolina on their minds.

Perhaps looking to escape some of the expected extra media glare, Brooklyn will conduct its first training camp under new coach Jason Kidd at Duke University, the team announced Wednesday. Following their media session at the Barclays Center on Sept. 30, they'll head down to the Triangle and practice at Duke's campus in Durham, N.C. from Oct. 1-5.

The Nets are incorpating a lot of new faces -- the headliners being Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Jason Terry and Andrei Kirilenko -- into the mix and Billy King felt it would be a good idea for the team to go away somewhere to help build the necessary camaraderie. It'll also be a homecoming of sorts for King, the Nets general manager, given he played at Duke under Mike Krzyzewski from 1984-88.

This year's first-round draft pick, Mason Plumlee, is also a Duke product.

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

The Nets' first preseason game comes against the Wizards at the Verizon Center Oct. 8.

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