Albert Harrington (born February 17, 1980) is an American former professional basketball player. Selected with the 25th overall pick in the 1998 NBA draft, Harrington played 16 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the Indiana Pacers, Atlanta Hawks, Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks, Denver Nuggets, Orlando Magic and Washington Wizards. He also spent a short stint with the Fujian Sturgeons of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA).
Harrington with the Nuggets in January 2011
|Born||February 17, 1980|
Orange, New Jersey
|Listed height||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)|
|Listed weight||245 lb (111 kg)|
|High school||St. Patrick (Elizabeth, New Jersey)|
|NBA draft||1998 / Round: 1 / Pick: 25th overall|
|Selected by the Indiana Pacers|
|Number||3, 32, 7|
|2007–2008||Golden State Warriors|
|2008–2010||New York Knicks|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Born in Orange, New Jersey, Harrington grew up in Roselle, New Jersey and played high school basketball at St. Patrick High School in Elizabeth, New Jersey. He was named both Gatorade and USA Today's National Player of the Year, as well as a 1998 McDonald's High School All-American after his senior season.
Indiana Pacers (1998–2004)Edit
At only 18 years of age, Harrington was selected by the Indiana Pacers with the 25th overall pick in the 1998 NBA draft, and spent six seasons with them, primarily coming off the bench. Harrington really began to come into his own in the 2001–02 season, in which he averaged 13.1 points and 6.3 rebounds per game, but his season came to an end in a game against the Boston Celtics when he suffered a knee injury that forced him to miss the final 38 games of the season.
He made a comeback in the 2002–03 season, becoming the only Pacer to play in all 82 games that year. He averaged 12.2 points and 6.0 rebounds per game while starting in 37 games. The following season, he boosted his averages slightly to 13.3 points and 6.4 rebounds per game, and finished second in voting for the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award. He was an integral part of the Pacers' first run to the Eastern Conference Finals since 2000.
Atlanta Hawks (2004–2006)Edit
On July 15, 2004, Harrington was traded to the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for Stephen Jackson. Harrington finally became a nightly starter, but the Hawks did not fare as successfully as the Pacers did after his departure.
Second run with Pacers (2006–2007)Edit
On August 22, 2006, Harrington and John Edwards were acquired by the Indiana Pacers from the Atlanta Hawks in a sign-and-trade deal that also sent the Hawks a 2007 first round draft pick. In 2006–07, Harrington wore jersey #32 because his first choice #3 was worn by teammate Šarūnas Jasikevičius (saying it stands for "number three, and it's my second time around").
Golden State Warriors (2007–2008)Edit
On January 17, 2007, Harrington was dealt to the Golden State Warriors along with teammates Stephen Jackson, Šarūnas Jasikevičius, and Josh Powell for Troy Murphy, Mike Dunleavy, Ike Diogu, and Keith McLeod.
New York Knicks (2008–2010)Edit
On November 21, 2008, Harrington was traded to the New York Knicks in exchange for Jamal Crawford. In his two seasons with the Knicks, he played the best basketball of his career, but did not reach the playoffs in either season. In 140 games (66 starts), he averaged 19.2 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.0 steals in 32.7 minutes per game.
Denver Nuggets (2010–2012)Edit
On July 15, 2010, Harrington signed a multi-year deal with the Denver Nuggets. During the 2010–11 season, he averaged 10.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 1.4 assists in 22.8 minutes per game. The Nuggets finished 50–32, fifth best in the Western Conference and second in the Northwest Division. The Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Nuggets in five games in the first round of the 2011 playoffs.
Orlando Magic (2012–2013)Edit
On August 10, 2012, Harrington was traded to the Orlando Magic in a four-team trade which sent Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers. He only played 10 games for the Magic in 2012–13, averaging 5.1 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 1.0 assists in 11.7 minutes per game. The Magic finished with a 20-62 record, the worst record in the NBA. On August 2, 2013, Harrington was waived by the Magic.
Washington Wizards (2013–2014)Edit
On August 14, 2013, Harrington signed with the Washington Wizards. He came off the bench in all 37 games he played for Washington, averaging 6.6 points and 2.4 rebounds per contest. The Wizards made their first playoff appearance since 2008, and Harrington played in 7 of the team's 11 postseason games.
Fujian Sturgeons (2014)Edit
After returning to the United States and not receiving any NBA offers, Harrington announced his retirement from professional basketball on March 18, 2015, after averaging 13.5 points and 5.6 rebounds in a 16-year career that included stints with seven teams.
Sydney Kings (2015)Edit
Harrington later came out of retirement and signed with the Sydney Kings of the National Basketball League on October 28, 2015 as an injury replacement for Josh Childress. He made his debut for the Kings two days later, scoring 12 points off the bench in an 87–78 win over the Townsville Crocodiles. With Childress set to return from injury, Harrington played his last game with Sydney on November 19, recording 18 points and 6 rebounds in a loss to the New Zealand Breakers. In six games for the Kings, he averaged 17.7 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 2.7 assists per game.
In the summer of 2017, Harrington competed in the inaugural season of the Big3 basketball league. He played for Trilogy and served as co-captain with former teammate Kenyon Martin. The team went an undefeated 10-0 that season, winning the first-ever Big3 Championship.
NBA career statisticsEdit
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
After retiring from the NBA, Harrington started a business that produces cannabis extracts. The company, Viola Extracts, is named after Harrington's grandmother. Suffering from glaucoma and diabetes, she tried cannabis at the urging of Harrington and found significant relief. The company cultivates cannabis in-house and has facilities in several states.
In February 2018 Harrington announced the launch of Harrington Wellness, a company that manufactures non-psychoactive cannabinoid products. Also announced was his investment in a third company Butter Baby, which makes cannabis edibles. All three companies together comprise The Harrington Group.
Harrington is a proponent for the legalization of cannabis. In October 2016, he appeared in an online ad endorsing the passage of California's Proposition 64. He has also written an essay for The Players' Tribune titled "9 Reasons to End the War on Marijuana".
In October 2017, Harrington interviewed former NBA commissioner David Stern regarding cannabis use by players. Stern told Harrington during the interview: "I'm now at the point where personally I think [cannabis] probably should be removed from the banned list. You've persuaded me."
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- Chat with Al Harrington
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- HAWKS OBTAIN AL HARRINGTON FROM INDIANA FOR STEPHEN JACKSON
- Pacers get Harrington from Hawks for first-round pick
- PACERS: Harrington All Smiles Upon Return To Pacers Archived February 17, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
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- Al Harrington NBA & ABA Stats
- Denver Nuggets sign Al Harrington
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- Magic Request Waivers on Al Harrington
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- Al Harrington retires after 16 seasons
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- Conway, Tyler. "BIG3 Basketball League 2017 Draft Results and Full Team Rosters". Bleacher Report. Retrieved August 27, 2017.
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- Schube, Sam (February 19, 2018). "Al Harrington Wants to Be the NBA's First Pot Mogul". GQ. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
- Mano, Daniel (October 25, 2017). "Ex-Warriors' talk with David Stern signals sea change on marijuana in the NBA". The Mercury News. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
- "Basketball Legend Al Harrington Premiers "Harrington Wellness" Upscale and Professional Brand of CBD-Based Wellness Products" (Press release). PR Newswire. February 16, 2018. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
- Green, Johnny (February 17, 2018). "Cleveland Cavaliers Coach And NBA Players Attend CBD Product Launch". Weed News. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
- Tinsley, Justin (October 31, 2016). "Retired NBA Vets Are Making Legal Marijuana The New Pick And Roll". The Undefeated. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
- Harrington, Al (January 17, 2018). "9 Reasons to End the War on Marijuana". The Players' Tribune. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
- "Former Commissioner David Stern: Medical marijuana should be removed from banned list". nba.com. October 25, 2017. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
- "David Stern thinks medical marijuana shouldn't be on banned list". ESPN. October 26, 2017. Retrieved February 20, 2018.