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Sir Charles: Knicks can't beat Bulls, Heat

Charles Barkley, left, and Shaquille O'Neal wrap up

Charles Barkley, left, and Shaquille O'Neal wrap up an interview at TNT studios after O'Neal joined the cast of the network's "Inside the NBA" for a live media call-in show on Thursday. (Dec. 15, 2011) Photo Credit: AP

TNT analyst Charles Barkley, who in the past has been a harsh critic of the Knicks, conceded Tuesday that they have improved over the past month - to a point.

They're not a great team; they're solid," he said during an event in Manhattan to promote CBS' and Turner's coverage of the NCAA Tournament. "They're playing much better. I think the [Jeremy] Lin story is incredible. He seems like a great kid. It's a great story. It's great for the league.

"Are they going to beat Miami or Chicago? Hell, no."

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