Knicks Searching for Back Up Center: Earl Should Get a Look?

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Every time I see Earl Barron on the court for the New York Knicks he gets the job done. I realize his few appearances have been at the end of the season or garbage time, but for some reason I think if he is given the proper chance to back up Tyson Chandler as a traditional center, he could get the job done admirably.Earl+Barron+Atlanta+Hawks+v+New+York+Knicks+FrJGcNXtDg9x

Earl Barron, the 30-year-old center, stands at 7 foot and weighs 250 pounds. He has a smooth jumper, in the mold of Kurt Thomas, and he can rebound with the best of them.

A few years ago when Mike D’Antoni was head coach, Earl got into a game late in the season to show off his skills. He performed beautifully, ripped the net with jumpers and attacked the glass with ferocity. In the 7 games he played in the 9/10 season, he averaged a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

This past year in the last of game of the season, Earl walked onto the court again as a member of the Knicks, and did the same. In the one game he played for the Knicks at the end of the season, he chipped in with 11 points and pulled down an impressive 18 rebounds. Not much of a sample size, but yet still something to remember.

Why not Earl? Why can’t Earl get the chance to be that much-needed support to Tyson Chandler? With the pool of FA’s dwindling down to “end of the bench” players, why does Earl Barron NOT get a strong look? His name is always in the Knicks free agent conversations, but yet nothing ever comes of it.

At this point in free agency, not many centers are left. If the Knicks desperately want to sign a traditional center, then Earl Barron should get the benefit of the doubt and get an invite to camp.

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  • malcolm

    I completely agree, Earl Barron needs to be given the chance, he hustles, rebounds & has a good outside shot, he’s right there for us AGAIN! Why is it taking us so long?

    • Peter A

      Yes in deed. Not sure why he is always on the outside looking in.

  • Vern

    I too agree.

  • Vern

    I also agree

  • http://www.yardbarker.com Mr_Big_Ray

    Earl Barron is definitely worth a look. I don’t understand why the Knicks seem opposed to actually developing and giving a shot to young talent..except by accident.
    Both Jeremy Lin and Chris Copeland only got an opportunity to shine when all else failed.
    Our Knicks management seems to be tunnel vision focused on wringing the last drop out of aging warriors rather than developing youthful potential.

  • http://ceramsource.com Shodon

    THE KNICKS FRONT OFFICE SHOULD BE LOOKING TO SIGN A BACKUP GUARD INSTEAD OF A CENTER, I HAVE TO AGREE WITH EVERYONE ELSE, EVERY TIME EARL WAS ON THE FLOOR HE GOT THE JOB DONE, THEY LET CHRIS GET AWAY, WHY NOT LOCK THIS ONE WHILE THEY CAN.
    SOMETIMES YOU DON’T HAVE TO GO LOOKING TOO FAR TO GET YOUR ANSWER. GIVE HIM A REAL SHOT IN PRESEASON,
    I’M SURE HE’LL SHOW EVERYONE WHAT HE’S MADE OF.

  • OG3

    I have a question for anyone. Have you ever thought that the Knicks have no mandate to win? I have read the very astute and learned replies from many posters as to why the Knicks don’t do this or that. None of you have stated that you have a great deal of experience in scouting, GM, coaching or generzally assessing basket ball talent. Yet every time I see your suggestions they make (for the most part) good basketball sense. To everyone it appears sense but the Knicks. Is it because they ( cablevision, aka Jim Dolan) corporately have no desire to win and only need a product that comes close to winning but never a championship? Allow me too propose this query? Are the Knicks nothing more than a tax write off? What else would explain the enormous ineptitude, and planned decimation of this team? Look at Gulf Corporation, who owned this team before and look at the moves they made. Clearly there is a pattern. The steps they have taken over the past 20 years are in no way indicative of an organization that desires to win. Case in point, a Russian billionaire rebuilds a team In another Boro and in less than 3 years has a contender? He is either enormously gifted , has paid off the right people ( Stearn & co.) Or knows the insIde track. I refuse to believe that all of the talent the Knicks have seen come through their door are gone because every one in Knicks management is stupid. Or are they gone because management. ( cablevision) doesn’t want nor desires a winner? Something stinks at the garden gentlemen besides Jimmy Dolans guitar playing.

  • http://artsupstairs.com Jesse

    The Knicks need a break. They are doing a good job retooling with what they had. The other teams like Brooklyn have done better. This is why the Knicks must take a risk on Greg Oden if we think that now that there is a way he could help bring them a championship. 10-15 minutes of pounding Roy Hibbert could have gotten them into the final round against Miami where the Knicks were designed to beat the Heat.

  • Joseph Jefferson

    Thank you. I’ve been saying this for the past few years. Out of all the places this man has played, he has played by far, his best basketball here. It is as if The NYKnicks are tailor-made for Earl Barron! His signing, the signing of either Bobby Brown or Delonte West and the signing of Jeremy Tyler makes us a 15 man powerhouse!

  • BigTyme

    Yeah man, the knix brASS consistently has me head-scratching…I really like Barron, always has…and I don’t get it either, but then again, I do…If it makes too much sense, most likely we’ll pass

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