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Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Notes: Brewer's minutes, Tyson on D12

By Ian Begley

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Ronnie Brewer will play about five more minutes Wednesday than he did Monday in his attempt to get in shape for the Knicks' regular season opener.

Brewer made his preseason debut Monday against Philadelphia after being sidelined for six weeks following arthroscopic knee surgery.

He went scoreless in 15 minutes, handing out three assists and grabbing four rebounds.

"I was joking with the guys yesterday, it felt like I hadn't played in a year," said Brewer, who signed as a free agent in the offseason. "That's what preseason is about. Getting your rhythm. Trying to get in the flow of a game."

Mike Woodson said Brewer will play "20-22" minutes on Wednesday against Brooklyn as the Knicks try to get the starting shooting guard ready for the regular season.

"I've got to continue to work on my conditioning and that's the one thing that's going to help, allowing me to play more," Brewer said.

It will be tough for the 6-7 shooting guard and perimeter defender to get into game shape before the Knicks' Nov. 1 opener. If Brewer isn't ready, the Knicks may turn to Jason Kidd at starting shooting guard. J.R. Smith, the Knicks' other option at shooting guard, has been limited by an Achillies injury, but returned to practice on Tuesday.

TYSON 'RESPONDS' TO DWIGHT HOWARD: On Monday, Howard said he thought he deserved to win Tyson Chandler's 2012 Defensive Player of the Year award.

"I thought I should have won it last year, to be honest with you," Howard told reporters after practice Monday. "I was a little bit upset about that."

Chandler won the DPOY last season, ending Howard's three-year run as the award-winner. Chandler earned 45 first-place votes and 311 total points to take home the trophy.

Oklahoma City's Serge Ibaka was second with 41 first-place votes and 294 points. Howard received just 18 first-place votes and 186 points.

"I felt like I did my job to win it. I also feel like I didn't because of the whole situation," Howard said, referring to the uncertainty surrounding his future with the Magic and the distraction it became. "That played a factor in it."

Asked Tuesday if he had any comment on what Howard had to say, Chandler smiled and said, "No, not at all."

The award was voted on by a panel of 121 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada.

Question: Do you think Howard has a point? Or did Tyson deserve the award?

Information from's Dave McMenamin was used in this report.