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Spurs coach Gregg Popovich calls Nuggets’ Mason Plumlee ‘the ultimate teammate’

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After the first practice session of Team USA, head coach Gregg Popovich called Mason Plumlee of the Denver Nuggets as ‘the ultimate teammate.’

Per Alex Labidou of nuggets.com, Popovich praised Plumlee’s play, calling him a ‘utility-type infielder.’ For Popovich, the 6-foot-11 center will do whatever is needed for the team to win.

 “He is one of those, I call them, utility-type infielders. They’ll do whatever is asked, “Popovich said on Monday. “He plays good defense, he rebounds, he runs – he’ll do whatever it takes for his team to win. He’s an ultimate teammate and that’s why he’s here.”

Among those training for Team USA, the 29-year-old Plumlee is the only one who doesn’t start for his NBA team. With the Nuggets, he’s the reserve to their star player Nikola Jokic.

Last season, he played all 82 games (17 starts) and averaged 7.8 points, 6.4 rebounds across 21.1 minutes. While his numbers won’t catch anyone’s eye at first look, Popovich remains confident that if Plumlee gets selected in the final 12-man roster that’ll compete in the FIBA World Cup.

For Plumlee himself, his great showing at Team USA’s practice is just a testament of how great the Nuggets organization is.

 “It says a lot about our team and the respect Denver earned this year,” he told Nuggets.com. “I always say that players look good on good teams so I’m just a benefactor of that.”

Plumlee was a member of the 2014 FIBA World Cup squad which snagged the gold. Will he get a chance to represent his country this year?