By Phil Ervin

Brewer’s Blend is back on the shelves.

Only this time, the Timberwolves say, it comes in decaf.

The once-unruly small forward with the local line of coffee products named after him has returned to the team that drafted him, claiming he’s a changed player who’s now fully cognizant of his strengths and weaknesses.

Through two days of training camp, he’s apparently backed it up.

“He’ll still be the old Corey every once in a while, but I like Corey 2.0,” said forward Kevin Love, who played with Brewer in Minnesota from 2008-11. “You can tell he’s definitely played on some good teams since he’s been here. Just a few more years’ experience, a few thousand more hours of playing basketball, he’s just been getting a lot better.”

It’s more important than ever Brewer exhibit the composure he gained during a 2011 championship run with Dallas and two seasons under taskmaster coach George Karl in Denver. With fellow three-man Chase Budinger out indefinitely, Brewer’s currently first in line to start on the wing Oct. 30 against Orlando.

So far, so good, his new coach said.

“He’s been a pleasant surprise,” Rick Adelman said. “He struggles from the outside, but just watching him, he knows his strengths. He knows where he should go, and that’s a good thing.”


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