A former key member of the old Bench Mob is excited about his second chance to wear a Bulls uniform and is looking forward to helping his team in the playoffs.
“I’m very excited to be playing for Thibs," Brewer said after Monday's practice. "He’s a tough coach, and I know his accolades. I play hard, try and hustle, and that’s the type of players he likes. I’m just glad to be back with some of my old teammates."
They're happy to have him back, too. Brewer, who will wear No. 11, played for the Bulls from 2010 to 2012 and was a respected member of the locker room. While coach Tom Thibodeau isn't sure how much Brewer will play, he is glad to have him back in the fold.
"We’re excited to have him back," Thibodeau said. "I thought he did a great job for us the last time we had him. He’s a good pro. He stays ready. He’s a good fit in terms of character and experience."
Brewer's arrival became possible once rookie Erik Murphy was waived last week. Brewer admitted that he wasn't sure if things would work out so he could return to Chicago, but he is relieved they did. He says he's been working out for a month since being waived by the Houston Rockets earlier this year. He played in 22 games this season with Houston, averaging 0.3 points and 6.9 minutes a game.
“Just working out," Brewer said of how he's spent his time recently. "Patiently waiting for a team to pick me up. The Bulls contacted me and it was kind of a blessing. They’re in a good position and I feel like I can help the team out."
Thibodeau believes Brewer will be able to help, as well.
"We needed another body," Thibodeau said. "And we felt that he could pick things up quickly because he had been here before. And he did a great job when he was before. I think he has the respect of his teammates. We know he’ll be ready. And if we need him, we’re not going to be afraid to throw him in there."
Bulls forward Taj Gibson said last week that he would like to see Brewer back with the Bulls.
"If you get Ronnie, it would be even better because he's familiar with the whole team. He's been to the Eastern Conference finals with us," Gibson said. "He's been [through] a lot with us, and that's our guy."
With 13 players now on the roster, Thibodeau acknowledged that Bulls executives Gar Forman and John Paxson may look to add another player or two for the postseason. Veteran point guard Mike James remains a possibility. James has had several stints with the Bulls over the last few seasons.
"Gar and John are looking at people," Thibodeau said. "If something makes sense and it’s a good fit for us, we’ll add. We’re in an unusual situation with our roster. We’re always looking."