21 February 2012

Earl Barron to Suit for Bolts

Earl Barron and the Bolts
Former Red Bull import Earl Barron may soon find himself back into the country and playing for the Meralco Bolts. The 7-0 center played six games for the Barakos during the 2005 PBA Fiesta Conference and submitted norms of 27.2 points per game and 15.3 rebounds per outing.

Barron is currently a free-agent after being released by the Phoenix Suns last December. Barron played seven impressive games for the New York Knicks late last season, finishing the season strong with averages of 11.7 ppg and 11.0 rpg as a backup center.

Sources says, "Barron was a huge success late last season (2010) when he signed with the Knicks for the final seven games, averaging a double-double: 11 points and 11 rebounds. He adapted perfectly to Mike D'Antoni's system, was a good locker room guy, and would make the team less reliant on starting center Timofey Mozgov, especially in the playoffs."

University of Memphis alumni was never drafted by an NBA team. Barron began his professional career with the Turkish team Tuborg Pilsener in 2003 before joining the Huntsville Flight of the NBA Development League (D-League) in March 2004. He spent the 2004 pre-season with the Orlando Magic, but was waived before the regular season began. In 2005, he played with the Red Bull Barako in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

After returning to the U.S. Barron played with the Miami Heat in the Summer League and for three seasons before earning an NBA Championship ring in 2006. After three seasons and 82 games in Miami, which included a stint with the Florida Flame, Barron was not re-signed by the Heat.

In August 2008, he signed a one-year US$ 2 million deal with the Italian team GMAC Bologna. However, his stint in Italy was cut short because of an ankle injury which forced him to leave the team in November 2008. In March 2009, he signed with the Sioux Falls Skyforce and was immediately traded to the Los Angeles D-Fenders.

On 28 September Barron was signed by the New Orleans Hornets to their training camp roster. However, he failed to make the roster and was waived on 21 October 2009. He later returned to the D-League and was traded by the D-Fenders to the Iowa Energy in November 2009.

On 2 April 2010, he was signed to a 10-day contract by the New York Knicks. On his second game with the Knicks, he recorded a career high 18 rebounds against the Boston Celtics. His previous career high was 8 rebounds. He also scored 17 points in the game for the first double-double of his NBA career. Five days later, he recorded his second double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds in a game against his former team, the Miami Heat. He averaged 33 minutes per game in 7 games with the Knicks, with a double-double average of points and rebounds per game (11.7 ppg and 11.0 rpg).

On 16 November 2010, he was signed by the Phoenix Suns, following the injury of their starting center Robin Lopez. Barron made his debut the next day vs the Miami Heat. On 2 December 2010, he made his first start as a Sun in a game against the Golden State Warriors. Barron was released by the Suns on 21 December 2010 and signed a ten-day contract with the Milwaukee Bucks on 1 March 2011. He then signed a second one with the Bucks, which ended on 21 March. On 12 April, the Portland Trail Blazers signed him to a contract for the rest of the 2011 season.

On 21 December 2011, he was waived by the Trail Blazers. He was later signed by the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors waived him on 6 February 2012.

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