Starter or not, Brewer vows to bring it on 'D'

July, 27, 2012
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During an interview Thursday, Ronnie Brewer said all the right things about what he hopes to bring to the Knicks.

Brewer talked about playing with a commitment to defense, knocking down open shots and locking down opponents on the perimeter.

"I'm just here to try to do whatever the team needs," he said.

If Brewer can deliver, he'll be well worth the $1.07 million the Knicks have invested in him.

And the swingman is optimistic that things will work out in New York.

"We've got a lot of great players returning to the team and coach Woodson's going to have a full season under his belt so I'm very excited to be a part of this team," Brewer said Thursday during an interview on WFAN.

Many believe Brewer will start at shooting guard ahead of J.R. Smith, who is more suited for a bench role. But Brewer was noncommittal when asked about his role on Thursday.

He said he'll do whatever Woodson needs him to do.

Brewer prides himself on being a 'hustle player' and a lockdown perimeter defender -- two aspects of the game that the Knicks need while Iman Shumpert works his way back from a knee injury.

"A lot of people want to play defense but some people just don't have the ability to do it," the 6-7 veteran said. "... I take pride in defense and, in my opinion, I think defense wins championships."

The Bulls declined to pick up Brewer's $4.37 million option earlier this month, allowing him to test free agency. The sixth-year guard said several teams expressed interest and offered more money than the Knicks, but he chose New York in part because he felt he could be successful under Woodson.

"It didn't come down to money," said Brewer, who believes the Knicks have enough talent to compete against the Heat. "It's where you want to go and where you feel comfortable."

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POINTS
Carmelo Anthony
PTS AST STL MIN
27.4 3.1 1.2 38.7
OTHER LEADERS
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AssistsP. Prigioni 3.5
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BlocksA. Bargnani 1.2