NBA Rumors: Nuggets’ Al Harrington Still Has Emotional Ties To New York Knicks

November 17th, 2010 by Keith Schlosser Leave a reply »
Al Harrington really wanted to come back to the Knicks this season.

After a successful 2009-10 campaign as the team’s sixth man, Harrington hoped that he would stick around to play alongside the likes of LeBron James and Chris Bosh to finally bring a winning mentality back to New York City basketball.

Instead, the New Jersey native was told he was no longer in the Knicks' plans. Harrington’s rights were renounced as the team signed players like Amar'e Stoudemire, Raymond Felton and Timofey Mozgov.

No help to Harrington this past summer was his special relationship with Knicks President Donnie Walsh, who has acquired Harrington a total of three times. After drafting Harrington out of high school with the Pacers, Walsh reacquired him for a second run with the Pacers after previously trading him away. Finally, Walsh traded for Harrington once more with the Knicks.

Despite appearing like the kind of player Coach Mike D’Antoni would favor in his system (Harrington is a lengthy forward who can play multiple positions, run the floor and shoot the long ball), the two never seemed to build a positive rapport.

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