Brewer talks Knicks small lineup

August, 3, 2012
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Here are a few quick highlights from Ronnie Brewer's interview Thursday on "The Stephen A. Smith" show on ESPN New York 98.7 FM:

SMALL LINEUP: Mike Woodson recently talked lineup combinations with Brewer. Brewer said that one combination the coach mentioned had J.R. Smith at shooting guard, himself at small forward and Carmelo Anthony at power forward. In this lineup, Brewer said, either Tyson Chandler or Amare Stoudemire would play center.

Anthony, you'll remember, was efficient and effective at power forward late last season when Stoudemire was out with a back injury.

So this lineup has the potential to put up points. As Brewer points out, it could be solid in transition.

With either Chandler or Stoudemire at center, it's a fairly quick five-man unit and four out of its five players can handle the ball, which would be useful in transition after a defensive stop.

MOVING WITHOUT THE BALL: In addition to playing the role of perimeter stopper for the Knicks, Brewer believes he can carve out a valuable role on offense in Woodson's squad.

He hopes to use the attention paid to Anthony and Stoudemire to his advantage, finding seams in the defense to exploit for easy baskets.

"They're (Anthony and Stoudemire) going to get a lot of attention when they iso, a lot of double teams. So you have to be able to play without the basketball and kind of be a glue guy and a good role (player) with this team," Brewer said.

ON PLAYING WITH CARMELO: Brewer also believes he can help Anthony, who has a widley-held reputation as a ball-stopper. He told Smith and Ryan Ruocco that one key to playing with Anthony is to avoid standing around and watching like you're at the 'theater.'

"You have to be able to move without the basketball, get in the open spots and make the game easier for him," Brewer said. "Instead of him having to take tough shots, you penetrate, you get him the ball and start to get him easy shots where he doesn't have to work so hard."

It all sounded great on the radio if you're a Knicks fan.

It'll be interesting to see how it plays out on the court, starting Nov. 1.

Click here for the full interview.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Carmelo Anthony
PTS AST STL MIN
14.0 3.0 1.0 29.0
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsA. Stoude... 8.0
AssistsC. Anthony 3.0
StealsP. Prigioni 3.0
BlocksS. Dalembert 3.0