Perth Wildcats Add NBA Veteran Miles Plumlee for Playoffs

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If you have never heard of Fort Wayne, Indiana, do not feel bad, as there are many in the U.S. who would share your lack of geographic knowledge.

The closest major city is the state capital of Indianapolis, but Cleveland, Ohio is about equidistant to the east, Detroit is to the north and Chicago is to the west.

Fort Wayne is the relative equivalent of Woop Woop.

Corn grows tall there, but in the late 80s, the Plumlee family produced Miles and Mason, brothers born about 17 months apart who grew to the precise height of 211 centimetres.

Both have worked in the NBA, the sort of lunch bucket blokes who show up, do their jobs and stay off the tabloid pages.

There is a third brother, Marshall, the youngest, who played several NBA seasons and was actually, at 213 centimetres the tallest.

All three played NCAA collegiate basketball for the prestigious Duke Blue Devils.

Miles, the elder, has landed Down Under with Perth Wildcats after concluding his NBA career, for the time, at least, with the Atlanta Hawks in 2019.

Miles Plumlee played 347 NBA games and has joined Perth to bolster the club’s NBL title defense.

He will be required to play in all seven of the Wildcats’ remaining regular season games. He was brought in to replace another Yank, Dario Hunt, who failed to deliver what Perth was seeking.

Plumlee’s most recent posting was with Zhejiang Lions in China, who released him to target Corey Webster of the New Zealand Breakers.

The departure of Webster is thought to benefit the Wildcats at the Breakers’ expense.

Of the acquisition of the eldest Plumlee brother, Perth coach Trevor Gleeson said, “Miles has a wealth of experience – he’s an athletic six-eleven, he’s got a big motor, he’s a rim protector who can finish above the rim. That’s something we need, and it was timely that he was ready to come here on short notice.”

There is little doubt Miles Plumlee will play the remaining games on Perth’s fixture. His work ethic is without refute and there is every chance he will be vigourously bumping into Andrew Bogut is the immediate future.