Most Bulls fans were upset, when after the 2011-2012 season, management chose to break up the bench, known to fans as the Bench Mob, either through trades, or by letting them leave through free agency. Those players included; C.J. Watson, Kyle Korver, Omer Asik and others. However, one of them has been brought back for the rest of the season, and that is Shooting Guard/Small Forward, Ronnie Brewer.
“I’m very excited to be playing with Coach Tom Thibodeau,” Brewer said. “He’s a tough coach. I play hard and try to hustle. That’s the type of players he likes. I’m just happy to be back with some of my old teammates. I never needed that ball a lot on offense and I try to play as hard as I can on defense. I feel like if I do that, I can help this team out.”
After playing for the Utah Jazz from 2006-2010 and getting traded towards the end of 2010 to the Memphis Grizzlies, Brewer signed with the Bulls, and became an important member of the bench for two seasons. However, they declined his option for the 2012-2013 season, and that made him a free agent. He then signed with the New York Knicks, and was a starter until Ian Shumpert came back from his torn ACL he suffered in the playoffs the season before. Then Brewer hardly played and was dealt to the Oklahoma City Thunder towards the end of the year, but he hardly played there either. So over the summer, he signed with the Houston Rockets knowing he’d be backing up both James Harden and Chandler Parsons. Once again though, he hardly played and was let go in February.
Coach Thibodeau knows that signing Brewer was a good move. “He fits well in terms of five-man offense and five-man defense,” he said. “That’s one of his strengths, his ability to play within the team system. We think that’s a good fit, and the fact that he’s been around. He’s been in playoff games before. Whatever role you ask him to play, he embraces.”
Thibodeau says bringing back Brewer does not mean Rookie Tony Snell’s backup minutes will be taken away even though Snell has struggled lately. Some insiders think that this move was to help give Shooting Guard, Jimmy Butler help in guarding the likes of Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, Paul George, and others in the playoffs, and most likely they are correct.