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Al Harrington talks about bringing winning, veteran attitude to Wizards

Aug 15, 2013, 1:49 PM EDT

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On the court, Washington made a good gamble signing Al Harrington — they get a stretch four they need, a guy who averaged 14.2 points a game two seasons ago, and they get him for the veteran minimum. He may or may not pan out but it was a good risk.

But maybe the real benefit is off the court.

Washington has worked hard to change the culture of the franchise and the locker room since the Gilbert Arenas/Andray Blatche/JaVale Mcgee/Nick Young days. It’s one o the reasons they spent big on John Wall.

At his introductory press conference, Harrington talked about what he wants to bring to the team, as reported by J. Michael at CSNWashington.com.

“Just watching the way they finished the year when they were healthy, I just feel like this is a great opportunity where I could come in, help and try to push them over the top,” Harrington said. “The talent that’s on the roster with the guys that got a little bit of experience, with the young guys, I think it’s a good mix. Adding me to it, I can definitely help these guys….

“I’m going to try go get in here early, try to get with the guys and have like a mini-camp amongst the players where we can all get in here, start working out, start working to that goal of being a playoff team this year,” said Harrington, who relied on advice from Trevor Ariza, Wall and Nene before signing with Washington.

I think the Wizards are a playoff team in the East next season, likely a 7 or 8 seed but in the playoffs and that’s a start. Harrington and his attitude could be a part of that. If he can return to form as a stretch four he’ll be a bigger part of that.

  1. zickhead - Aug 15, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    You can tell there’s not much news going on in the NBA, when Al Harrington is getting about 2 posts a week.

  2. lakerade - Aug 15, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    I hope he is indeed healthy, he got game and can definitely help that team.

  3. adamsjohn714 - Aug 15, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    I’ve read that “scored 14.2 points a game 2 years ago” line about 4 times. Not only is it just ridiculously stupid reasoning, it is essentially meaningless as a stat by itself.

  4. wizskinz - Aug 15, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    My Wizards will go no where until Ernie Grunfield is long gone. He sucks!!

  5. 700levelvet - Aug 15, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    If Al Harrington is the answer… Your franchise is doomed…

  6. mp4philly - Aug 15, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    What the hell has he ever won?

  7. skins1970 - Aug 15, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    No one is saying Al Harrington is the answer he is a piece of the puzzle.

  8. ProBasketballPundit - Aug 15, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    The same Al Harrington who was the second best player on a 13-win Hawks team?

  9. uscoach - Aug 16, 2013 at 7:53 AM

    My issue with Wiz’s playoff talk is that they continue to talk about “making the playoffs” like it’s a huge accomplishment. I feel like the difference between the 8 seed and the 5 seed in the East isn’t that big — and if you are going to shoot for anything it’s to get past the first round. That’s a lot easier to do as a 6 seed, compared to an 8.

    The Wizards big problem is that they will always place the expectations just easy enough to get to, without taking any emotional risk. They set themselves up to be decent, not one of the top teams in the East.

    Who wants to be the 8th best team in the worst half of the League?

  10. dysraw1 - Aug 16, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    the Wiz, The Cavs, the Pistons, should all be on the rise this year. should be interesting, to see which of these guys crash that second season party

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