To say that Al Harrington didn't enjoy his tenure with the Orlando Magic is to undersell the point: the veteran big man made just 10 appearances for the rebuilding team in the 2012/13 season after it acquired him from the Denver Nuggets as part of the Dwight Howard trade. Before signing with the Washington Wizards as a free agent, Harrington spoke to Sam Amick of USA Today Sports about how his Orlando experience exposed him to the unsavory "business side" of the NBA, but in a story Jared Zwerling published Wednesday at Bleacher Report, Harrington went into more detail about his time with the Magic.
He did not mince his words.
"Orlando was more about rebuilding, but they could've been more professional about my situation," Harrington said. "In fact, the general manager, Rob Hennigan, told my agent that I was done, saying I 'cannot play.' Those were his exact words."
Harrington sustained a staph infection in his right knee during his final Denver season and spent much of his lone Orlando campaign rehabilitating. After he played 10 games, the Magic benched him for the remainder of the season in order to offer their younger players a larger role.
Zwerling's full story goes in depth into Harrington's recovery process.
Harrington's Wizards visit the Magic on Friday. Tipoff is set for 7:00 PM Eastern on Fox Sports Florida.