HoopsHype Al Harrington rumors

May 16, 2014 Updates

Al Harrington: Wanna thank WizNation for all the LOVE AND SUPPORT THIS SEASON!!!! Had A Great time in Your City! This Team will be ELITE SOON! #wizards2014Playoffs And to All the Haters. Get A Life! Internet Gangstaz. See us in the Street and want Autographs! #punks Twitter

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Al Harrington: Looking ahead, I would love to stay in Washington—even working in their front office or joining their coaching staff. Randy Wittman loves me. I've already had conversations with the team. I ain't going to lie, what would really be ideal for me is if they would sign me at the All-Star break next season. So let me have that time to take care of my body and get my leg strong. I can do 30 games; that's nothing. Bleacher Report

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The Wizards announced on Monday that leading scorer Bradley Beal has been cleared to increase basketball-related activities, while reserve big man Al Harrington will miss at least four weeks after having surgery on his troublesome right knee. Washington Post

December 9, 2013 Updates

Harrington has been sidelined with a sore right knee since Nov. 12 and recently experienced a setback while increasing his rehabilitation efforts. He had a diagnostic arthroscopy and lavage procedure on Monday night in Vail, Colo., to clean out loose particles in his right knee. Dr. Richard Steadman performed the procedure. After resting for four weeks, Harrington will be evaluated again. Washington Post

December 8, 2013 Updates

Al Harrington’s troublesome right knee will probably keep him out a little longer after the veteran forward experienced a setback in his rehabilitation. Sidelined the past 12 games, Harrington hasn’t played since scoring eight points in the Wizards’ 105-95 loss in Dallas on Nov. 12. He was working diligently, running on the treadmill and getting daily treatment in effort to make a speedy return. But Coach Randy Wittman said Harrington had a flareup on Saturday that will force him to make another visit with a doctor. “We ramped him up here the last few days individually. He wanted to really push it,” Wittman said. “Then, he had some soreness. Irritation came back real fast. So, that’s a little bit of a setback there.” Washington Post

December 6, 2013 Updates

Harrington continued to chuckle, but he remains uncertain about when he’ll get back on the court. “I’m in the middle of a process right now. I don’t exactly how I feel yet. I got to get a chance to get out there and test it. Hopefully, one day this week or maybe next week, I’ll get out there and see what’s going on,” Harrington said. “Being that I’m a veteran coach says, whenever I’m ready, I can go. So it’s not like I have to get five practices in before he’ll let me get back on the court. It’s just a thing, when I feel comfortable and strong enough. Because I don’t want to keep playing, sitting, playing and sitting. I want to figure this thing out, so I can go full steam ahead into the season.” Washington Post

Harrington is also making contributions from the bench, offering encouragement to his teammates and passing along tips based on what he recognizes from his front row seat. He’ll pull aside Eric Maynor to remind him to be aggressive and tell Nene or John Wall how defenses are playing them. “I’m an assistant coach. You didn’t know that? I’ve been coaching my [butt] off,” Harrington said with a laugh. “I’ve already talked to Ernie about getting another check possibly. We in negotiations for that right now. So, I’m coach Harrington and the player. Like back in the day, remember the guy would be the head coach and the player? I’m trying to bring it back.” Washington Post

The Wizards bench has struggled to find its footing – and that was even with Harrington adding his 7.9 points per game – but until he is ready, Harrington will continue to be the assistant coach in full uniform. The experience of sitting out and passing on knowledge has forced him to consider it as an option after the 33-year-old eventually retires. “For me, it’s been a blessing,” Harrington said. “I want to stay in basketball when I’m done playing, so this may be a cool little segue to see if I got it. I always said I never wanted to coach, but these last couple of weeks, just in helping guys out, I feel like I might could be a coach. But right now, I’m a player. I’m focusing on playing. I hope to get out there soon.” Washington Post

December 3, 2013 Updates

Asked whether he still watches the Magic, the 16-year NBA veteran responded that he doesn’t. “It’s just something in the past, and it’s something I really want to forget about, just being hurt last year and not being able to play,” Al Harrington said. “That was the first time that ever happened to me in my career. It was something I would just like to forget.” Orlando Sentinel

After the Magic waived him over the summer, he signed a free-agent deal with the Wizards. The Wizards want him to stretch the floor and provide veteran leadership. “I like the team,” Harrington, 33, said. “This team provided me with the opportunity to show people I still have game also. I think this will be a situation where they will need me to play 20 minutes a night, and they will also need me in the locker room to mentor their young guys and just allow me to be who I am on and off the floor. I thought that would be a great opportunity for me.” Orlando Sentinel

November 30, 2013 Updates

Problem was, he was stuck on the bench behind Ron Artest at small forward. He also was primarily a low-post scoring threat at the time, and Jermaine O’Neal had first dibs on that job. Seemingly destined for a reserve role for seasons to come, he asked team president Donnie Walsh for a trade. To this day, it’s his greatest regret. It’s the same sentiment now voiced by Davis, who also sought a trade in search of a starting opportunity and was dealt to Toronto, but now wishes he had stayed put. “It’s one of those things, you don’t know how good you got it until you’re gone,” he said. “This is a consistent organization that always did everything the right way. You kind of take those things for granted. But I didn’t know. “I tell people all the time, I could have been a lifetime Pacer. I think I had enough people here who liked me, I could have been like Jeff Foster. But I wanted to test my wings and see if they could fly.” Pacers.com

November 18, 2013 Updates

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