Minnesota Timberwolves: Welcoming Anthony Randolph and a Tribute to Corey Brewer

Timber WolfAnalyst IIFebruary 22, 2011

ORLANDO, FL - NOVEMBER 03:  Corey Brewer #22 of the Minnesota Timberwolves attempts to shoot over Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic during the game at Amway Arena on November 3, 2010 in Orlando, Florida.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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There comes a time where your favorite sports franchise does something that your fanbase might not completely agree with, but will understand. Corey Brewer was traded from the Minnesota Timberwolves to the New York Knicks in the Carmelo Anthony extravaganza deal in exchange for Anthony Randolph and Eddy Curry.

First, I would like to write about Corey Brewer and this will provide some insight for Knicks fans, as Corey Brewer was the consumate proffessional.

Corey Brewer might not have been the greatest player to put on a Timberwolves jersey, but he's a damn good entertainer. Smiling on the court all the time, playing as hard as he can on every single possession, throwing down posterizing dunks, playing lock down defense at times and breathing life into a franchise. Standing at 6'9'', Corey Brewer was at times a defensive terror, the best Wolves defender on the perimeter this year hands down, a great interview due to his huge smiles and he will surely be missed.

It's just too bad; last year he had a breakout season. He averaged 13 points, and he set the Timberwolves record for hitting a three-pointer in 33 straight games. He also had a game in which he posted at least 20 points, six rebounds, five assists and five steals, something that only four players in a Timberwolves jersey were able to do before him. With the progress he made last season, he looked to have another breakout season this year with Kevin Love and Michael Beasley, but unfortunately he regressed in his scoring output, and this probably led to him being traded.

Make no mistake, though; Corey Brewer has his moments of incompetence on the court with decisions that make you want to choke him. What makes him unique is that he follows that up with something remarkable. If the Knicks don't give him any time, I am praying that the Wolves go after him in free agency. We as Wolves fans can genuinely say, that we love Corey Brewer, and I'm glad he gets to go to a playoff team.

Thank you, Corey for all of the blood, sweat and tears that you have shed for this franchise. You are missed already.

As for Anthony Randolph?

I don't have much to say on this freak of nature C/PF/SF, but I do know that he has the potential to breathe some life into the franchise. He will ultimately take minutes away from Anthony Tolliver, and Nikola Pekovic, and provide instant athleticism on the fastbreak to run with Luke Ridnour. Hopefully he can help the Wolves win.

That is all.

Thanks again, Corey Brewer; remember you are Gator and Wolf for life.