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Friday, March 25, 2011
D'Antoni does not want Earl Barron

By Chris Sheridan

NEW YORK -- The New York Knicks are not interested in signing free agent center Earl Barron, coach Mike D'Antoni said before Friday night's game against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Barron averaged 11.7 points and 11.0 rebounds in seven games for the Knicks at the end of last season. He became a playoff-eligible free agent when his second 10-day contract with the Milwaukee Bucks expired last Sunday.

General manager Donnie Walsh said it is "likely" that the Knicks will stick with the 15 players they currently have for their postseason roster.

"What is it, March 23rd (25th, actually), and we can go out and find a really good player that's going to compete in the NBA playoffs as a center? Fifteen teams need one and you're going to go pick one up? That's a little bit of fantasy basketball to me," D'Antoni said. "I just don't see it, and this late in the season he's going to be able to learn all the plays and get in the system? And he's not as good as another guy in there that we've got at the 4-5? I think you're grasping at straws.

"I like Earl and he's a good guy. But is he better than Shelden Williams? Is he better than guys that are in there? I like him, but I just don't think that's where we want to be right now," D'Antoni said.