During practice on Wednesday, Brewer was on the court for the morning walkthrough and drills, but didn’t participate during scrimmages. The Knicks are hopeful that he’ll be able to fully participate in Thursday’s practice and travel with the team this weekend.
“I just wanted to get his feet wet,” head coach Mike Woodson said. “It will be interesting to see how he is tomorrow and how he’s feeling. It’s a journey coming off a knee injury. The doctors know best in terms of the severity of it and today was a positive step for him.”
“[My knee’s] been feeling pretty good,” Brewer said. “I’ve been trying to do conditioning on it on the side [court] with our trainers. It’s a lot different speed when you’re going through the drills with the team. I have to get my rhythm back. The knee feels great and I’m excited to be out here.”
The goal for Brewer is to get him some playing time when the Knicks travel to Montreal, QC on Friday to face the Toronto Raptors, to Albany on Saturday to face the Boston Celtics and to Syracuse on Monday to play the Philadelphia 76ers.
Brewer’s return comes when the Knicks will need him the most, since J.R. Smith currently has his sore left ankle in a walking boot. Walking boots are generally used for precautionary reasons, but it’s the ankle injury sidelined Smith earlier this week.
If both Brewer and Smith are healthy for the start of the regular season, the Knicks plan is to use Brewer as the starting shooting guard with Smith coming off of the bench to replace him in a sixth man role.
Through the first two games of preseason, the Knick have given Mychel Thompson and James White each a start at shooting guard, but neither player has impressed.
Thompson has made just 2 of 12 shots so far in preseason. In his lone start against the Washington Wizards, he missed all five of his shots, including four three-pointers.
White missed the first preseason game with a sore right hamstring, but received the start in the Knicks’ second preseason game. In his only preseason game made just one of seven shots from the field, missing all of his three-pointers attempted.