Brewer hopes he -- and Korver -- return

May, 17, 2012
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By ESPNChicago.com
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Ronnie Brewer has played with Kyle Korver for the past five seasons, but with the Chicago Bulls holding options on both players for next season, the run likely will end.

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David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty ImagesRonnie Brewer started 43 games for the Bulls this season.
"It's part of the business," Brewer said Thursday on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "You take the good with the bad. Sometimes you're faced with tough situations, and to me, I think we'd both like to be on the roster. We both feel like we can make contributions to the team in different ways. I think management agrees and so does coach (Tom Thibodeau). In the ideal situation hopefully they can bring us both back, but if not I'm pretty sure it won't be the last time we're on the court."

Brewer and Korver played almost three seasons together with the Utah Jazz before signing with the Bulls as free agents before the 2010-11 season.

With Jimmy Butler a more affordable option, Brewer figures to be the odd man out, but he hopes his run in Chicago doesn't end after two seasons.

"I liked the situation I was in with the Bulls," Brewer said. "I feel like we have a great team. The chemistry was bar none compared to the other teams I've been on. We've had a lot of success, we've won a lot of games in the regular season and had some kind of success in the playoffs. I think everybody's goal is to win a championship, and the Bulls, if we didn't have injuries this year, could have been right in the mix for that. I'd love to stay with the Bulls. The fans have treated me great, the city has treated me well, and it's a first-class organization so I'd like to stay there."

With Richard Hamilton injured for most of the regular season, Brewer was in and out of the starting lineup. He started 43 games after starting just once in his first season with the Bulls.

Brewer's role was reduced in the Bulls' first-round series against the Philadelphia 76ers. He played 13 minutes in each of the first two games and didn't make it off the bench for Game 3. But he re-emerged in the final three games, including a big performance in a Game 5 victory when he had six points and eight rebounds in 29 minutes.

"It's tough. I talked with Thibs and the management, and it came to a point where Rip was playing pretty well and they wanted to extend his minutes," Brewer said. "Luol (Deng) had a couple of good games in there where they extended his minutes. When Kyle is in there knocking down shots they tend to play him more. Thibs always told me you've always got to be ready when your name is called, and you never know when your name is going to be called.

"When I didn't go into the game it just goes with the territory. I couldn't get down on myself and whenever he called my name I had to be ready to go in and play as hard as I possibly could."


Ronnie Brewer talks with 'Waddle & Silvy' about Tom Thibodeau's coaching style, if he thinks he'll be back with the Bulls next year and how he feels about the Miami Heat.

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