Hawks’ Miles Plumlee Reflects on Trip to Burning Man

There’s no shortage of colorful characters at Burning Man, but any NBA player—let alone a hulking 6’11 center like Miles Plumlee—would stick out like a giant glowstick. The Atlanta Hawks big man posted about his trip to the world-famous art and music festival on social media over the summer, and dished on the particulars of his experience in a recent profile by Sports Illustrated’s Jake Fischer.

“The way people include you in things, you can go there and just get lost,” Miles told SI. “It’s like a Utopian society, but out of a Dr. Seuss book.”

The eldest of the three Plumlee brothers trekked out to Black Rock City with his girlfriend to celebrate his 30th birthday, and engage in a bit of self-discovery while he was at it. Unfortunately for the couple, their RV lost power when they arrived, leaving them with “no air conditioning or electricity to use the private toilet.”

Good thing they found themselves in such a supportive setting. With the resources they had and help from some of the 60,000 other revelers, they still managed to have a life-changing experience out in the unforgiving desert of Nevada.

“The common bond between human being and human being there, it’s different,” Miles said. “When you leave Burning Man, you want to share that with the world and try and spread some of that.”


Josh Martin is the Editorial Director of CloseUp360. He previously covered the NBA for Bleacher Report and USA Today Sports Media Group, and has written for Yahoo! Sports and Complex. He is also the co-host of the Hollywood Hoops podcast. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.