Ronnie Brewer didn't play again Sunday. At least now he has a chance to in the near future. Brewer, who had fallen out of the rotation with the Knicks after starting earlier this season, was acquired by the Thunder on Thursday. Coach Scott Brooks said he wants Brewer to participate in at least one full practice before playing, which didn't occur in time for Brewer to face his former Bulls teammates because of paperwork and physicals that were completed Saturday evening. "He has played in a lot of big games," Brooks said. "We like guys who can guard two or three positions." Brooks didn't rule out teaming Brewer with another former Bull in Thabo Sefolosha occasionally to feature two lockdown perimeter defenders. Whatever Brewer's role, his former coach, Tom Thibodeau, knows what Brooks is getting. "He'll fit in fine because of the type of character he has," Thibodeau said. "Their team is made up of great character. He'll do whatever they ask of him. That's just play great defense, move the ball, run the floor, move without the ball. Ronnie is just a good player. He can fit into any system." Brewer admitted falling out of the Knicks' rotation was difficult. "I felt I started the season off really well and was contributing," he said. "You have to be a true professional and support your teammates. That's what I tried to do." Familiar faces: Brewer chuckled when he glanced at the Thunder's schedule after he got traded and saw Sunday's opponent. "When I was in Chicago, it was a close-knit group," he said. "We thought we were so close to winning a championship. Our whole team was fairly new (in 2010). We became like a brotherhood. I feel like that's what every NBA team is supposed to be like." Brewer spent All-Star weekend with Jimmy Butler. "I check on them still," he said of his former teammates. "They're kind of like family. And they do the same for me."
Ex-Bull Brewer gets new opportunity with Thunder
Chicago Tribune | Feb 25