May 21, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Houston Rockets guard Corey Brewer (33) reacts to a call during the second half in game two of the Western Conference Finals of the NBA Playoffs. at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
Houston Rockets: Corey Brewer “The Drunken Dribbler”
Recently while researching an article on the “Clutch City” championship teams I discovered something about Corey Brewer that made me laugh out loud. Seriously I didn’t just smirk …. I literally laughed out loud. Brewer’s nickname is “The Drunken Dribbler“! Immediately it conjured images in my mind of Brewer sashaying up court on a fast break akin to a young colt. I’ve always been amused by Brewer’s penchant for galloping if you will, so this nickname made complete sense.
Looking back at the season, his addition to the squad came just days prior to Josh Smith joining the team and it was this tandem who added depth to the Rockets previously depleted reserve unit. Alongside Jason Terry the triumvirate became known as the “headband brothers” began to add substance and provide offensive relief for James Harden who was in jeopardy of burn out due to the heavy load he’d been carrying. Moreover the quickness, agility and versatility of this trio provided an up tempo offense and defense which produced fits for opposing defenses.
There presence gave coach Kevin McHale options, something he’d been in short supply of to that point in the season and without them it’s doubtful the Rockets would have nabbed the second seed. Furthermore it was Brewer and Smith specifically who provided the best highlight of the season courtesy of a fourth quarter onslaught which will go down in history as arguably the greatest playoff comeback in Rockets history. More on that later….
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