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Ronnie Brewer loves N.Y. He turned down larger offers to join the Knicks and he can't wait for the season to start:
After the Chicago Bulls decided not to guarantee the final year of Ronnie Brewer’s contract, the New York Knicks started their pursuit. The Knicks made their interest known very early and aggressively recruited the 27-year-old.
“From day one, the Knicks were on me and my agent,” Brewer told HOOPSWORLD. “I had some relationships with people in the organization. Darrell Walker, one of the assistant coaches, and Damon Jones, who works in the front office, both went to Arkansas and they reached out to me. Mike Woodson reached out to me and the GM reached out to me as well. I felt like they really wanted me and I was an important target for their team, maybe the missing piece for them to be successful. It felt good to have the coaches and management reach out to me and recruit me.”
The pitches were effective: Brewer turned down larger offers to join the Knicks on a minimum deal.
“A lot of different teams were reaching out to me and I was weighing my options,” Brewer said. “At the end of the day, it didn’t come down to money. It came down to the best situation for me, as a person and as a player. I wanted to go somewhere I could win and have success. I wanted to go to a situation where playing basketball would be fun and I would enjoy doing it. You can go to a team that’s not as a good so that you thrive a little bit more, even though you’re losing, but that’s not fun to me. I wanted to go to a place where I could win.”
“Talent wise, this is one of the best teams I’ve been on,” Brewer added. “If we can get the chemistry and kinks out early, we can have a lot of success. On paper and talent wise, it’s all there. I feel like this is a great team. We have a lot of potential."
At the end of the day, Brewer couldn’t pass on the opportunity to play in New York.
“It’s the bright lights and the big stage,” Brewer said. “This is what every basketball player lives for and I can’t wait for the season to start.”