HoopsHype Al Harrington rumors

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Harrington, who will turn 33 later this month, has been steadily increasing the intensity of his workouts in hopes of getting back on the floor as soon as possible for the Magic. He started playing three-on-three pick-up games three weeks ago and he’s since worked his way into practice sessions with the Magic. Harrington said on Friday from Boston that he was unsure about his exact return date, but he’s closer now than he has been at any point. ``I’ve only had a chance to go through two hard practices where I went full speed and I feel good. I feel like I’m really close now,’’ said Harrington, a 15-year NBA veteran. ``I’m just going to keep working and rehabbing. I feel like there’s finally light at the end of the tunnel. I’m not exactly sure when I’ll get to go out there, but I feel like it should be soon.’’ NBA.com

Al Harrington said he is making progress as he attempts to return from issues in his right knee after a staph infection took hold in the joint last May. “It feels pretty good,” Harrington said after the Magic finished their shootaround at TD Garden this morning. “I’m getting in better shape. My wind is getting better. So I’m thinking now it’s just a matter of time. I’m just trying to get a couple of practices in; our schedule is not allowing that. But I feel good with everything I’m doing so far. “I feel like I’m really close now. I’m just going to keep working, keep rehabbing. I feel like there’s finally light at the end of the tunnel. I’m not sure exactly when I’ll probably get an opportunity to go out there, but I feel like it should be soon.” Orlando Sentinel

January 23, 2013 Updates

Al Harrington, who hasn't played this season because a staph infection ravaged his right knee following offseason arthroscopic surgery, joined the Magic on the road for the second time this season. The 6-foot-9 power forward worked out before tipoff under the supervision of Magic physical therapist Ed Manalo. Magic fans seem fascinated with Harrington's status, and he's often asked over Twitter when he'll return. "I'm sure they're like that just because I haven't played yet," Harrington said. "It's like that toy that's on the shelf that everybody's just waiting to use." Orlando Sentinel

January 13, 2013 Updates

If the Orlando Magic needed any additional proof that power forwards Glen Davis and Al Harrington progressing in their return from injuries, Davis and Harrington provided that evidence Sunday afternoon. Davis and Harrington joined the Magic in Washington and participated in portions of practice at Verizon Center. It was the first time this season all 15 players on the roster have attended a practice on the road. It’s unclear whether Davis will play Monday night against the Washington Wizards, and Harrington is at least a couple of weeks away from playing in a game. Orlando Sentinel

January 4, 2013 Updates

John Denton: The intensity on Al Harrington's workouts continue to go up. The #Magic SF is going through pick-and-roll drills now with coaches. Twitter @JohnDenton555

December 27, 2012 Updates

Al wants to play. Al wants to return and the Magic are trying to help him achieve that. If Al does not play for 41 games the NBA’s insurance carrier picks up 80% of his contract money, so there is no real hurry to do anything with Al, but give him a chance to get better. If he gets better and can play, maybe they can trade him… if he doesn’t or struggles to get into game shape, then insurance eats the bulk of his deal. HoopsWorld

December 24, 2012 Updates

Although he acknowledges he's a ways away from playing in a game, Orlando Magic power forward Al Harrington appears to be making significant progress in his return from a staph infection in his right knee. Harrington ran a bit up and down the court and did some light jumping Monday at Amway Center in a post-practice shooting session that lasted about 30 minutes. “That was a big step for me,” Harrington said afterward, drenched with sweat. Orlando Sentinel

On Dec. 17, a basketball-themed Internet site reported, via Twitter, that Harrington was “likely out for the year” and that “medical retirement” maybe was a possibility. When Harrington was informed of the tweet, he sent out a message of his own saying the report was false. “I just wanted to get it out there I’m working too hard to retire,” he explained Monday. “I’m putting in three hours a day on my knee in here with the team, and then I do some stuff at night. So, I’m putting in all the effort I can to get out there as soon as possible. I don’t even know how to spell retirement.” Orlando Sentinel

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For three weeks, Harrington rehabilitated his right knee at The Steadman Clinic, continuing a long, arduous road back from a staph infection in one of his joint. As his new Orlando Magic teammates often struggled, Harrington watched their games from start to finish at a restaurant in Vail Village. "It's been tough," Harrington said. "I've been hurt before, but I've never been hurt in the beginning of a season. I've played in every home opener my whole career. "The fact that I'm not playing yet is just frustrating for me, because I know how much I could help this team, and I just love to play the game of basketball. For me, this is the greatest job in the world. It's just eating me up that I can't go out there and compete with my teammates." Orlando Sentinel

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