Ronnie Brewer, the newly signed wing, has returned to practice today, according to Ronnie himself!
Brewer has yet to practice or participate in team drills or scrimmages this year as he recovers from surgery to repair a torn meniscus. It was announced in early September that Brewer would undergo surgery and would miss approximately six weeks. This week brings him to about the six week mark.
Of course, as Mike Woodson has reiterated with regards to all banged up/out of shape players, they will need time to practice and get in shape before even scrimmaging, let alone playing in games. The Knicks don’t play again until Friday when they begin a series of four games in six nights. It’s possible that we could potentially see Brewer get some playing time in one or both of those latter two games on Monday or Wednesday. (Pure speculation on my part).
Brewer’s presence on the team could be tremendous for the Knicks, though. Iman Shumpert will be out at least until December, and Woodson seems cemented to bringing J.R. Smith off the bench. In the two preseason games so far, Mychel Thompson and James White have started at two-guard and neither made great contributions. Woodson has experimented – and like will continue to – with playing Pablo Prigioni and Jason Kidd together in the back-court, but that is not an ideal line-up in all situations. Brewer’s presence would not only fill a hole at shooting guard and small forward (to a lesser extent), it would give the Knicks an elite wing defender and a capable offensive player around the basket.