To be sure, coach Mark Jackson didn’t say that line about Kwame Brown. The credit for that goes to @cbgreatjersey on Twitter.
But Jackson, basically, suggested such when talking about Earl Barron, the center who will replace Brown’s spot in the lineup. When asked if Brown will be expected to fill the void left by Kwame, Jackson channeled the essence then-Boston Celtics coach Rick Pitino’s famous line.
JACKSON: “We’re not going to find Kwame Brown right now, or a Kwame Brown type player. … The guy does everything you ask. He’s a force defensively. He’s as good a one-on-one post defender, outstsanding pick-and-roll defender. You don’t find guys like that. … He’s obviously not a post scorer, but does everything you want a big man to do.”
Barron – all 7-feet, 250 pounds of him – took part in the team’s shootaround and will be in uniform tonight. The fifth-year man out of Memphis was with Portland during training camp but was waived just before the season. He’s played for Miami, New York, Phoenix, Milwaukee and Portland. His best season as a pro was in 2007-08, when he averaged 7.1 points and 4.3 rebounds in 19.3 minutes with the Heat. He made a career-high 46 appearances that season, including 15 starts.
Towards the end of the 2009-10 season, Barron played in seven games for the Knicks, starting six. He averaged 11.7 points and 11 rebounds in 33.1 minutes.
Barron’s career rebound percentage is 14.2. For the sake of perspective, Andris Biedrins’ percentage is 18.3. David Lee, who played with Barron in New York, is at 17.6. Ekpe Udoh is at 10.4.
Though Barron was brought on to replace Brown, who is out for at least three months after tearing a muscle in his chest, Jackson said Barron’s contribution will be noticeably different. Barron is to give the Warriors a much-needed big body out there. Jackson said he will be asked to be a factor on defense. The results, however, may not be as positive as they were for Brown, who is expected to have surgery next week.
But Barron, if he is on his game, brings an element of which the Warriors can take advantage.
JACKSON SAID: “He’s a weapon offensively. He can knock down the jumper. When you think about how Dwight Howard was allowed to play us, basically playing center field defensively and not having to pay the price, a guy like Earl Barron gives us a chance to have a range-shooting big.”