Corey Brewer - Draft Workout Interview
Corey Brewer met with the media after his draft workout on Thursday. Here's a partial transcript of his interview.
Corey Brewer heads to the hole against Celtics Director of Player Development Mike Crotty during Thursday's workout.
Is this your first workout?
"No, it's my second workout, I worked out for Sacramento on Tuesday in Orlando."
How is the process going for you?
"It's just a grind, really. It's a tough workout and teams wants to see what you can take. I've worked out against some tough guys, like Al Thornton and Wallace."
How did you do?
"I felt really good about this workout. It was a good workout."
Was it similar to what you did for the Kings?
"It was a lot different, I did a lot of different stuff. This is more competitive, we did more two-on-two, one-on-one stuff. "
What are you trying to show in these workouts?
"Just that I can score a little bit and I play hard all of the time."
How's the elbow? Looked like you got hurt?
"I hit my funny bone a little bit, my arm went numb and my hand was weak, but I'm alright."
Do you like going up against other guys in these workouts?
"I'd rather have it be more competitive. That's my personality, I like to be competitive. For me, being competitive is a lot more fun."
Do you wish there were more than four players here? Do you think you might show better in a scrimmage situation?
"This is fine with four guys. You play two-on-two, one-on-one, either way, I just love to compete so it doesn't matter to me."
How would you describe your game?
"I play hard on the defensive end. I can score, but I'm kind of awkward."
When you say awkward, in what way?
"I'm a skinny guy, so I can slip through and make moves. But I get it done."
Would you say you're more advanced or NBA ready on the defensive end?
I feel like I am more NBA [ready] on the defensive end than the offensive end. But that's what I'm doing right now, working on my offense."
What have people told you to work on?
"Being able to create my own shot and shooting off the dribble."
Do you take pride in your defense?
"I take a lot of pride in my defense. That's what's gotten me to where I am today, having the chance to get drafted high, so I have to take pride in my defense."
Where does that come from, because for so many guys your age, defense is kind of an afterthought...
"If you want to play, you've got to learn to do something. When I was a freshman in high school, I wanted to play and my coach was always stressing defense. I knew the only way I was going to get on the court was if I played defense."
Are there any NBA guys who you see yourself being like?
"I like Tayshaun Prince and Josh Howard a whole lot. I try to emulate their games a little bit. And I like Luol Deng. I like his game a lot. He has a nice midrange game."
Are you concerned about your body being NBA ready? Has anyone said anything to you about bulking up?
"They always talk about bulking up, but it's basketball and you've just got to be able to play basketball. I feel if I can go out there and play basketball the way I know how to play, I'll have a chance to play."
- Compiled by Peter Stringer