HoopsHype Al Harrington rumors

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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

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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

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The Wizards visited the Walter Reed center in Bethesda last month and will continue to assist members of TAPS, a non-profit organization that assists family members grieving the loss of a loved one who died in military service. Beginning with Friday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets, the team will sell hats with the word, “Courage,” written in Wizards lettering, for $25 at the team store at Verizon Center. Courage hats autographed by Beal, Wall, Nene or Webster will go for $50, while those signed by Marcin Gortat, Al Harrington, Otto Porter or Kevin Seraphin will go for $40. All of the proceeds with go toward TAPS. “It takes a lot to muster that up especially after losing so much physically,” Webster said. “For them to come out here and be happy the way they are, it changes your whole perspective on life. It makes you appreciate the things that you have. The problems we have as basketball players doesn’t even compare to what they’ve been through for our country let alone what they put themselves through.” Washington Post

October 24, 2013 Updates

"The wizards just released me. But I'm not worried about anything. I made some wonderful friends on this team. Got to experience Brazil to the fullest.. And scored 13 points in 10 minutes. I have my God, my family and my journey... But most importantly I have 0 regrets. Like Al Harrington just told me.. I'll be back, SOON. A journey isn't a journey without a journey." Instagram

October 21, 2013 Updates

Harrington had options to sign elsewhere after the Magic released him last August, but he chose to sign with the Wizards because he had confidence in the direction of the franchise. “Obviously they had a rough patch with some knuckleheads and stuff like that, but for the most part, they’ve been trying to put a product out there to win games,” Harrington said, recently. “And to see how they finish last year, knowing Nene, knowing how good John [Wall] could be, seeing that Bradley Beal is a superstar in the making also, why wouldn’t you want to play with these guys? And then you’ve got Kevin [Seraphin], Jan [Vesely]. It’s just a great young nucleus here and then you add myself, and Trevor [Ariza] and Martell [Webster] and all these guys to the mix, I think we can do something special this year.” Washington Post

September 5, 2013 Updates

After rehabilitating all summer, Nene is back and training with the Wizards a little less than a month before training camp begins. He is joined this week by the Wizards' key free agent acquisition, Eric Maynor. Al Harrington, who signed in August as a free agent, has yet to report because he is dealing with a family matter. John Wall, Bradley Beal, Glen Rice and Martell Webster already have been training at Verizon Center. CSNWashington.com

August 14, 2013 Updates

The Washington Wizards announced Wednesday that they have signed free agent forward Al Harrington. Terms of the deal were not announced, but it’s expected to be for one year and $1.4 million, the veterans’ minimum. Washington Post

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