Sports Out West

Corey Brewer reflects on his annihilation of Derek Fisher

SACRAMENTO – Pearl Harbor gets the recognition, but few tragedies were as emotionally and physically traumatizing as the scene at Staples Center on December 11, 2009. In the third quarter between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Los Angeles Lakers, Corey Brewer degraded Derek Fisher’s name and humiliated his family.

With six minutes to go, Pau Gasol had lost the ball on a putback which was picked up by Al Jefferson. The lumbering big found Brewer streaking down the left sideline with only Fisher in his way.

“It was like a 3-on-1, and I just (saw) him back, and I didn’t know what he was going to do,” Brewer told Sports Out West on Saturday. “I thought he was going to beg me to make the pass, but he was going back and forth, and then he just stopped, and my frame of mind was, ‘I think I can go dunk it.’”

“I just jumped higher than I thought I’d jump.”

Brewer soared like a dove and came down on the rim with the force of a Thor sledgehammer. It was apparent at the time that the forward recovered from a right ACL tear in 2008, which he claims feels better now than ever.

On the flip side, Fisher remains in a vegetative state. Prior to the poster, the clutch point guard produced 9 points on 41.9 percent shooting and 3.2 assists per game, but following the crucifixion he’s averaged 6.3 points on 38.1 percent shooting and 2.2 dishes a night. Blame the decline on old age, or psychological scars, but he’s a walking dead man on the NBA court these days.

What’s sad about the whole situation is how it could have been so easily avoided. The philosophy of taking a charge is again questioned, with so much dependant on a referee’s mood. Brewer, whose length has helped him develop into a plus defender, still thinks charges are a useful tool.

“It’s a basketball play,” Brewer stated. “You have to know who to take a charge on and who not to take a charge on.”

Regardless, December 11, 2009 is a date which will live in infamy. Brewer has advice for those who don’t want to repeat the past.

“I wouldn’t be taking no more charges on guys trying to dunk.”

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Rui Thomas

Rui Thomas is an NFL and NBA aficionado whose credits include Yahoo! Sports, FanNation, GoldenGateSports and Radiosurvivor.com. He also owns the Theruination.net. Rui grew up an obsessive fan of the Sacramento Kings and Oakland Raiders, but he sympathizes with every West Coast team.