James “Papa” Brewer


James Turner Brewer  is a retired American National Basketball Association player. Brewer was the first Papanotable player to come out of Proviso East High School, which has one of the most successful high school basketball programs in Illinois. In 1969, Brewer, playing center, led his team to the first of four state championships. Brewer was followed at Proviso East by other future NBA players, notably Doc Rivers, Michael Finley, Dee Brown, and Shannon Brown. The 6’9″ 210 pound forward then attended the University of Minnesota, where he was a teammate of future Baseball Hall-of-Famer Dave Winfield. Brewer played in the 1972 Summer Olympics, including the United States’ controversial loss to the Soviet Union, before being drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round (2nd pick) of the 1973 NBA Draft. When Brewer scored a basket at a Cavaliers home game, the public address announcer would declare, “Two for the Brew!” Brewer played nine seasons in the NBA before retiring in 1982. Then he played with Pallacanestro Cantù in Italian Serie A along with players as Pierluigi Marzorati and Antonello Riva with coach Giancarlo Primo. He won a Euroleague and an Intercontinental Cup.

Brewer is the uncle of former NBA player and current Boston Celtics head coach Glenn “Doc” Rivers.

Jim also gave of his time to be involved in the “Pirate Pride “ project.

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