Wizard’s Harrington guarantees playoffs

  • Michael Prosser

Former Orlando Magic center Al Harrington is the newest member of the Washington Wizards (Courtesy of NBA.com)

As one of the newest members of the Washington Wizards, Al Harrington (no not the Wacky Waving Inflatable Tube Man guy from Family Guy) told Wizards fans to expect the playoffs this season.

“I’m excited and I feel like this team is definitely going to make the playoffs.  And I don’t care. I’ll go on record saying that. I feel like if this team is healthy, it will be one of the top eight teams in the East, for sure.”

 

After being waved by the Magic, the Wizards signed Harrington to a 1 year, $1.4 million contract hoping he can be that big man that the team has been looking for that can stretch the field with guards John Wall and Bradley Beal (yes the BealinWall. It’s catching on!), 3rd overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft Otto Porter Jr, and forwards like Trevor Booker and Jan Vesely.

A veteran of 15 NBA seasons, Harrington will bring his signature headband look to the Nation’s Capital that will instantly remind fans of the great Jimmy “Super Fly” Snukka of the WWF (now WWE) from the 1980s.  The 6′ 9” Harrington was selected 25th overall in the 1998 NBA Draft  out of St. Patrick High

Harrington, shown here with the Magic, is coming off his worst season of his career averaging just over 5 points a game (courtesy of Sports Illustrated)

School in Elizabeth, New Jersey. After stops with the Pacers (twice), Hawkes, Warriors, and Knicks, Harrington signed with the Denver Nuggets in 2010 only to be traded to the Magic in 2012 in the infamous Dwight Howard Deal that sent “Superman” to the Lakers. In Orlando, Harrington averaged an anemic 5.1 ppg, the lowest of his career.

“For me, last year was just a nightmare, from start to finish.  The Orlando thing with, I think they brought me there never expecting me to play, but then I got healthy and it was kind of a surprise for them. It was tough, but I understood that was the business and they had to do it for whatever there reasons was. Winning wasn’t on they agenda and that wasn’t nothing I wanted to be a part of at my age.”

 

The Wizards have missed the playoffs for five straight years and superstar John Wall publicly came out and said he wanted to make the Playoffs soon! If this team stays healthy Harrington and the Wizards will make some noise this season. Playoffs? Possibly. Contenders for the 8th spot? Probably. Another unsuccessful year without a Playoff birth? Highly likely especially if Harrington starts showing signs of age and is unable to run with the younger legs on the floor. If he can regain the form he had playing in New York, or even a little bit of the form he had during his day in Indiana this Wizards team will be Playoff bound.

 

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