Al Harrington

Veteran Al Harrington trying to retire on his own terms


At age 33, after 14 seasons in the NBA, Al Harrington has had a good career. He’s averaged 13.7 points a game with 5.7 rebounds.

His career is winding down. He’s fought hard to bounce back from knee surgery only to find himself on a Magic team that is going with a youth movement — they told him he likely will not see the court again this year.

Because of that — and because his contract for $14.7 million over the next two seasons can be bought out for half that (his deal is a five-year mid-level deal) — he will get traded or bought out by Orlando (and if they trade him it’s likely to a team looking to buy him out to save money.

But Harrington does not want to leave the game that way he told Brian Schmitz of Orlando Sentinel.

“I can’t go out like this. I just can’t,” he told me. “Not this way….”

“I understand what they’re doing here. I do. But I think I have something left in this old tank,” he said.

Like a lot of veterans, Harrington doesn’t want to be part of a rebuilding project anymore, he wants to play in games that matter.

“I’m through playing with bad teams,” he said. “If I can’t [sign with a playoff team,] then that’s probably it. What would be the point?”

That likely would involve a steep pay cut after his buyout. But Harrington sounds like he’s fine with that — if he can leave the game on his own terms.

Chris Bosh with between-the-legs pass to cutting Dwyane Wade (VIDEO)

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Miami is going to be a lot of fun to watch this season (if they can stay healthy).

They’ve got athletic, active players who want to run, who move off the ball, and they have good passers. For example, watch Chris Bosh go between the legs to Dwyane Wade in the Heat’s preseason game Sunday.

Bosh had 14 points, and Wade had a dozen, but Charlotte won the exhibition.


Blake Griffin pre-game dunk knocks down shot clock

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The Clippers went north of the border to take on the Raptors in an exhibition game, but it was on the West Coast of Canada in one of the world’s prettiest cities — Vancouver. The two played at the Rogers Arena.

Where, they may want to upgrade the shot clocks behind the backboards. Watch over the shoulder of the Clippers announcers as Griffin dunks in warmups.

Notice that DeAndre Jordan loves this.

Nice to see Griffin dunking like his old self again. If you want another view, the NBA retweeted this.