At 34-years old and a pair of banged up knees, it seems like Al Harrington‘s playing days may be coming to an end after this season.
After playing just 10 games this past season for the Orlando Magic, Al Harrington was waived and subsequently signed by the Washington Wizards, who were searching for a stretch four. Harrington has since suited up for just 30 games in a Wizards uniform and hasn’t been able to stay healthy all season long. Averaging just over 6 points per game, Harrington has shown spurts of his scoring ability off the bench, but his presence has mostly been felt in the locker room.
The Wizards have clinched a spot in the NBA Playoffs this season for the first time since 2008, and although Harrington hasn’t been able to contribute much on the court as he would’ve hoped, there’s no doubt that he helped them reach their goal by leading some of the younger players in the group.
Harrington went through a knee procedure earlier in the year that kept him out most of the season, and I think it’s safe to assume that he probably won’t play much longer after Washington’s season comes to an end. But what will Harrington do after his playing days are over?
Well, according to Harrington himself, he could find himself in Washington’s front office or coaching staff.
Looking ahead, I would love to stay in Washington—even working in their front office or joining their coaching staff. Randy Wittman loves me. I’ve already had conversations with the team.
Harrington didn’t rule out the possibility of playing again, but given his health issues and inability to stay on the court, it’s probably better for him to move on to other basketball ventures. It’s not unusual for players to join their former team’s coaching staff once they retire and that could be the route Harrington takes in this situation. For instance, Juwan Howard became an assistant coach for the Miami HEAT shortly after he announced his retirement.
Al Harrington has had a very successful NBA career and I have no doubt that he’ll have success in his future position, whatever that might be. As for Wizards assistant coach or possible front office member, I’m sure the organization would welcome his basketball expertise in any aspect.