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It’s not like Miles Plumlee was driving to some strange new land every time the Indiana Pacers assigned the 6-foot-11 forward/center to their D-League affiliate.

Plumlee was born in Fort Wayne and grew up in nearby Warsaw. Thus, suiting up for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants against competition wearing Rio Grande Valley or Sioux Falls on their uniforms wasn’t entirely a stretch.

It’s not where someone who used to start for Duke University’s storied men’s basketball program preferred to be. Yet Plumlee understood why he was beginning to memorize every landmark along Interstate 69.

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