Wednesday, April 1st, 2009 at 10:30 am  |  16 responses

Al Harrington: ‘I Know Donnie Wants Me Here Long-Term’

Despite skepticism from the local press corps, Harrington believes he’ll be wearing a Knicks jersey for a while: “Harrington is signed through next season — an expiring contract that could be dealt this summer. Though the Knicks want to create cap space for the summer of 2010 to sign two players, Harrington claimed he’s been told by Walsh, who drafted him in Indiana, he has a future here. ‘I know Donnie wants me here long-term,’ Harrington said. ‘I’ve talked to him about that. I know Coach [Mike D'Antoni] likes what I do on the court. Two players can’t win by themselves. In order to be a championship team, you need a lot of good players. I feel like I’ll be a great complement to whomever they bring in.’ Unless Harrington signs for the minimum, he will have to show more next season. His puzzling campaign continued in Monday’s loss when he committed eight turnovers and got ejected. D’Antoni tellingly did not mention Harrington’s name Monday morning when he reviewed the positive ‘markers’ the club set. D’Antoni wishes Harrington would be a better ball mover and defender.”

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  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    He likes that you get technicals for hanging on the rim?

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    Wow, how did they trade away Zach Randolph and then get back Zach Randolph? This is ridiculous.

  • Squirrel7

    Is there a more frustrating player than Harrington? He has the tools, just seems to be missing something up-top. After his ridiculous technicals recently, he should probably be keeping a low profile……

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    @Jukai: the difference between Randolph and Harrington is that Big Al doesn’t airball 3′s.
    Anyway, I’d choose Harrington over Randolph anytime.

  • suns2strong

    he has an amazing game that is very fun to watch. just needs to think sometimes

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    No Big Al makes you lose games by slapping backboards like a 14 year old overexcited AAU kid.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    i’d still choose harrington over randolph. with the right attitude harrington would be an excellent third option on a contender. but he thinks he’s an all star.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Donnie Walsh: ‘Yeah, you’ll be buried under the new f*cking arena, you f*cking gunner.’

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    And Z, with the right attitude Z-Bo would be a perennial All-Star and possibly a first option on a contender. Based purely on skills, I take Zach over Al every day of the week.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    I also love that Marc Berman is shocked that the Knicks would even consider keeping Al Harrington—who, all jokes aside, is a great guy in the locker room who puts up numbers—but couldn’t figure out for the life of him why they’d ever want to get rid of Stephon Marbury.

  • $tev3

    id love for the knicks to keep him but hell want big time money

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    al and his skullrows are talented, he needs to pick up the rebounding. zach should have been an all star a few years ago when he avg 25 10.

  • Herfdawg

    @russ: The problem is that Z-Bo has possibly the worst attitude in the NBA, with the exception of Mr. Starbury.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    @ Z: Ninja Al is definitely good enough to be an All-Star skill and potential wise. I mean, Rashard Lewis is one.

  • thesubwayconnection

    A more frustrating player with similar skills? Lamar Odom.

  • I am the walrus

    @thesubwayconnection: Lamar odom’s skill is far superior to Al Harrington’s. Wouldn’t mind seeing the Knicks in the playoffs in the future…