DALLAS -- Corey Brewer’s debut in Dallas brought back memories of ex-Mavericks hack machine Bubba Wells.
But Brewer, unlike Wells, didn’t intend to draw such frequent whistles. He managed to get called for five fouls in five minutes during his first game after signing a three-year, $7.5 million deal.
“I’ve got to stop fouling,” Brewer said with a laugh. “But I haven’t played basketball in what feels like a long time. It was just good to get back out there.”
Wells set the NBA record for fastest foul-out during a Mavs loss to the Chicago Bulls on Dec. 29, 1997, when coach Don Nelson instructed him to send Dennis Rodman to the line over and over again. Wells followed orders to the tune of six fouls in three minutes.
Coach Rick Carlisle wants Brewer to be the Mavs’ defensive stopper, not a strategic sideshow. Carlisle, however, wasn’t disappointed with Brewer’s debut.
Some rust from Brewer is certainly understandable, considering he hasn’t played since before the All-Star break, having moved from Minnesota to New York to Dallas during the last couple of weeks. He had a crash course on Mavericks basketball Thursday afternoon and Friday morning before being thrown into the fire during the win over the Pacers.
“I think he had good energy,” Carlisle said. “The one thing about him, when he goes into the game, you know he is in there, particularly on the defensive end. … He is playing his butt off out there. Aggressive, probably a little overaggressive, but he is unlike any guy that we have. That is why I like him and think he will help us.”
There was one glimpse of the type of dynamic athleticism and intensity that Brewer can bring to Dallas. He harassed Indiana star Danny Granger into a badly missed jump shot, bolted down the floor after challenging the shot, caught a full-court pass from Jason Kidd and got fouled going up for a layup.
Forgive him for missing both free throws, his only opportunity to score. He finished with no points, one rebound and the five fouls in his 5:21 on the floor.
“It can only get better,” Brewer said.