By Jeff Eisenband
Ten years ago, Corey Brewer stood atop the college basketball world. As a junior, he won the NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player Award, as Florida capped off its second consecutive national championship.
Brewer is the only member of that legendary starting five also to win an NBA title. (Marreese Speights was a freshman bench player on the second NCAA championship team, playing six minutes in the national title game against Ohio State). On Super Bowl Radio Row, the current Houston Rocket talked with ThePostGame about where his former Gators teammates are now, that time he sat on Mike D’Antoni’s bench with the Knicks and what it would be like to play for Billy Donovan.
THEPOSTGAME: I grew up a Knicks fan. I was at the first game after Carmelo Anthony was traded to the Knicks. You warmed up and didn’t play. I always said if I ever sat down with Corey Brewer, I’d ask what happened in [that week].
COREY BREWER: It was interesting, man. When I got traded there, I thought I was gonna have a chance to play. Coach D’Antoni didn’t really know me. The Knicks were in love with Landry Fields at the time. I think they played Renaldo Balkman over me — him and Anthony Carter. It kind of made me mad. I’m like, I’m not gonna be able to sit behind these guys. I wanted to go somewhere I would have a chance to play. I was able to get a buyout. It worked out perfect for me. I was able to go to Dallas. But I like New York. I didn’t want to leave.
For the complete Podcast and interview, visit ThePostGame.