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Ronnie Brewer: “I’ll Be Ready for Opener”

The New York Knicks caught a bit of bad news last week when they found out that newly signed Ronnie Brewer would be out six weeks after requiring knee surgery.  For a team that had to suffer through multiple injuries a season ago and will begin the season without starting 2-guard Iman Shumpert, this was not welcome news.

April 26, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls shooting guard Ronnie Brewer (11) shoots the ball against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first quarter at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-US PRESSWIRE

But Brewer did offer up a bit of good news, telling ESPN’s Ian Begley that he will be ready when the Knicks open up the Barclays Center November 1 against the Brooklyn Nets.

Brewer is still unsure about how he injured his knee, but did say he experienced swelling in his knee after recent workouts.

Just four days after surgery, though, Brewer insists that his knee is in good shape.

“If you were to ask me if I had surgery a couple days ago, I would have told you no. My knee’s feeling great. The swelling’s going down and rehab is going really well,” Brewer told ESPN New York.

The 6-7 wing was signed to give New York a strong defensive presence on the perimeter, something the team was missing with Shumpert (ACL) sidelined until at least December. Brewer can defend both the 2 and the 3 and was ticketed to start in the backcourt along another new, but old face in Raymond Felton. He’s expected to be out for a maximum of six weeks. That would leave him two weeks to prepare and get in shape before the season opener.

With all of the new faces on this team, this training camp will be vital and Brewer is a guy that could benefit from it to build chemistry.

If the former first-round pick does not return in time for the season-opener, J.R. Smith will likely start at shooting guard, while Chris Smith, James White, and others are expected to battle for a reserve guard/forward spot during training camp.

However Brewer expects to come back strong and has high hopes for this team.

“I wanted to come back at 110 percent,” he said. “I feel like we have a great team and we have great potential and I want to be healthy for the long run that we’re going to have.”

Hopefully that’s the case because Brewer will have a bigger role on this team than most people think.

Naturally he can play the 2, but because he can check most of the 3′s in the league, Carmelo Anthony will be allowed to move down to the 4 more often, a position where he had his best success last season.

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Topics: New York Knicks, Ronnie Brewer

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