Denver Nuggets forward providing instruction for young
players in Asia
By Aaron J. Lopez, Nuggets.com, 6-14-12
To borrow a classic line from Chris Rock, Corey Brewer weighs
180 pounds soaking wet with a brick in his hand.
Imagine the contrast that the 6-foot-9 Denver Nuggets
forward presented when he visited a sumo training stable in
"Those are some big guys," Brewer said. "I was about to get
in the ring, but I didn't want to show them up."
Brewer and fellow NBA players Samuel Dalembert and Vladimir
Radmanovic, along with former Nuggets center Dikembe
Mutombo, are in Japan as part of the NBA's 2012 Basketball
without Borders Asia.
On Tuesday, the group visited the Sendai coastal region
that was devastated by an earthquake and tsunami in 2011.
Brewer compared it to the aftermath he saw in New Orleans
after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
"It was tough to look at, but they're doing a good job (in
Japan) getting it back," Brewer said. "We met the mayor. He
was talking about his (rebuilding) plan. They seem like
they know what they're doing. It was tough seeing all the
debris and you pray for all of those families."
Brewer and the NBA contingency conducted a basketball
clinic for 100 middle school students affected by the
natural disasters. They also are providing instruction for
a five-day camp featuring 50 elite high school players
representing 18 Asian countries.
For Brewer, this is his second trip with Basketball without
Borders; he traveled to Singapore in 2010.
"It's an easy answer for me," he said. "They do a great job
with Basketball without Borders. Whenever they ask me, I
After his trip overseas, Brewer plans to begin his
offseason workout program in advance of his sixth NBA
He was acquired by the Nuggets, along with Rudy Fernandez,
in a trade with the Dallas Mavericks on Dec. 13, 2011.
After playing limited minutes in the season's first four
weeks, he became a mainstay off the bench for coach George
"I came a long way, man," he said. "Sitting over there, I
thought I could help the team. When I got my chance, I just
tried to make the most of it."
Brewer went on to average 8.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.22
steals in 59 games. Those numbers figure to improve in
2012-13 now that he has a familiarity with his teammates.
"Considering it was a shortened season, our young players
showed they can come together," he said. "We also had some
great vets. If we can stick together, we're going to be all