Earl Barron became a fan favorite during his two stints with the New York Knicks. However, this off-season the Knicks organization was torn on if they should re-sign Barron or not to backup Tyson Chandler. That decision was made for the franchise when Barron signed a contract to play for a team in China instead of waiting any longer for an NBA contract.
Earl Barron has been a pretty below-average player during his seven-year NBA career. That being said, the seven footer played very well with the New York Knicks during two separate stints with the club. That caused Barron to become a fan favorite.
However, it should be noted that the statistics Barron was able to put up while in orange and blue came in garbage time in games late in the season and in games where regulars tended to be sitting on the bench for the opponent.
Instead of re-signing Barron, New York invited Josh Powell, Ike Diogu and Cole Aldrich to training camp to compete for a roster spot. However, with one roster spot available the option of inviting Barron in to compete was still an option. That option disappeared as Barron signed a contract elsewhere.
With that, the dreams of bringing the folk hero back to Madison Square Garden went up in smoke. For some, it's a relief. For others, it's a disappointment.
One thing for sure, we won't have to have the name Earl Barron hanging over the Knicks franchise and whoever wins the primary reserve center role this season. That is, unless he becomes a free agent again at some point this season.
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