Monday, March 21, 2011
Turiaf starts vs. Boston; Earl Barron available again
By Chris Sheridan
NEW YORK -- Even as coach Mike D'Antoni was changing his starting lineup yet again Monday, team president Donnie Walsh didn't sound all that enamored of the possibility of signing center Earl Barron, second 10-day contract with the Milwaukee Bucks expired, making him a playoff-eligible free agent.
"If we can do something to help the team, we’ll do it. But I'm not sure that's the answer," Walsh said prior to Monday night's game against Boston. "I think you've got to have somebody who’s going to be out there and can impact on the game, and I don’t know if he's a that level yet. He could be. I liked the way he played last year."
D'Antoni switched his starting lineup for the third time in as many games, ditching the one-game Shelden Williams experiment and re-inserting Ronny Turiaf as the starter. Williams' stint lasted all of six minutes, during which the Knicks were outscored by 14 points in Sunday's loss at Milwaukee.
Jared Jeffies started the previous two games against Detroit and Memphis, and Shawne Williams had a one-game stint as a starter in Indiana on March 15. Jeffries was the starter at center in the six games prior to that, and Turiaf was the starter in the first two games after the acquisition of Carmelo Anthony.
Barron appeared in seven games for the Bucks, who signed him after he was waived in December by the Phoenix Suns.
Last year, he appeared in seven games for the Knicks at the end of the season, averaging 11.7 points and 10.1 rebounds.
"We have 15 players, we’re not playing big guys a lot, we’re starting to play them now, I want to see how that goes and see where that fits in," Walsh said. "I don’t know that we would cut somebody right now in order to bring him in."