Former Knicks Center Ditched the NBA to Lead an Army Infantry Platoon

Lt. Marshall Plumlee ditched his basketball career almost two years ago for the U.S. Army and is now the leader of a 40-person rifle platoon.

Plumlee, who is from Indiana, is physically unique to the army at 7-feet tall and his height has pluses and minuses. As Plumlee noted, he is easily spotted by his soldiers “Even in the middle of the night under NVG (Night Vision Goggles), my soldiers can always find me,” he says. But Plumlee faces unique challenges as a 7-foot soldier when curling up in vehicles and jumping out of planes.

Lt. Marshall Plumlee ditched his basketball career almost two years ago for the U.S. Army and is now the leader of a 40-person rifle platoon.

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Plumlee, who is from Indiana, is physically unique to the army at 7-feet tall and his height has pluses and minuses. As Plumlee noted, he is easily spotted by his soldiers “Even in the middle of the night under NVG (Night Vision Goggles), my soldiers can always find me,” he says. But Plumlee faces unique challenges as a 7-foot soldier when curling up in vehicles and jumping out of planes.

In 2019, Plumlee signed up for Ranger School at Fort Benning in Georgia. The goal of the grueling two-month training is to join one of the world’s top military units, utilized in difficult and dangerous missions, engaging in close combat and direct-fire battles. Applicants train in the air, in the mountains, in swamps, in a seemingly never-ending battle with mental and physical exhaustion.

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Lt. Marshall Plumlee
Lt. Marshall Plumlee Ranger School

In 2019, Plumlee signed up for Ranger School at Fort Benning in Georgia. The goal of the grueling two-month training is to join one of the world’s top military units, utilized in difficult and dangerous missions, engaging in close combat and direct-fire battles. Applicants train in the air, in the mountains, in swamps, in a seemingly never-ending battle with mental and physical exhaustion.

He faces inherent and unnecessary risk, as a 27-year-old who could bank at least six-figure annual salaries to play a game.

“People often ask me if I miss the NBA now, but in the Army, I feel like I’m getting that same “being part of a team” feeling every day,” Plumlee said. “I’m part of a team with people from diverse backgrounds and we’re coming together for a common mission.

Total respect for answering the call, Lt Plumlee. ~Grey Team

Former Knicks Center Marshall Plumlee

He faces inherent and unnecessary risk, as a 27-year-old who could bank at least six-figure annual salaries to play a game.

“People often ask me if I miss the NBA now, but in the Army, I feel like I’m getting that same “being part of a team” feeling every day,” Plumlee said. “I’m part of a team with people from diverse backgrounds and we’re coming together for a common mission.

Lt. Marshall Plumlee

Total respect for answering the call, Lt Plumlee. ~Grey Team

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