Al Harrington told Inside Hoops that after multiple surgeries and a staph infection, he's not going to be available for training camp, but should be ready for the start of the season.
InsideHoops.com: What's the latest on you and your surgery?
Al Harrington: I had tore my meniscus in April, towards the end of the season or whatever, and got it fixed after Game 7 or whatever. And then I got a staph infection. So I was sick, man. I had like three surgeries. And then a couple weeks later, they checked my knee again and it still was kinda cloudy in there. So I had to wait six weeks and take medicine… and then I had surgery again this Monday. Hopefully it's the last one.
InsideHoops.com: So if everything goes as planned and hoped, when will you be ready to play basketball?
Harrington: I'll be ready for the first game of the season. I don't think I'll be ready for training camp. First game of the season is my goal. I think I can make it happen.
Harrington started the year off as a legitimate Sixth Man of the Year candidate before injuries took their toll and he regressed to a degree. He played arguably the best all-around defense of any big for the Nuggets outside of Nene prior to him being traded, and was more than just scoring, passing and making the little plays.
It's always tricky when a player thinks he'll miss training camp but be back for the first game. Sure, there's the veteran portion of wanting out of training camp, but conditioning can mean he might miss the first few games. It's definitely something to keep an eye on, with Denver's forward depth being a little tricky.