Al Harrington, who has been hoping to land on an NBA staff after recently retiring, still is looking for work as a coach, he told CSNmidatlantic.com over the weekend.
Harrington had a brief stint with the Denver Nuggets late last season, serving under interim coach Melvin Hunt who'd replaced Brian Shaw on the sideline. The Nuggets have made Mike Malone their coach for 2015-16 and he has his own staff.
Harrington last played in the NBA with the Wizards two seasons ago. After initially joking about being a coach one day, he began seriously thinking about it. Offers, however, haven't been forthcoming, Harrington said in a text message exchange earlier this summer.
John Wall credits Harrington with being key to them making the playoffs for the first time in the All-Star point guard's career in 2013-14. Harrington didn't play much in his only season in D.C. because of a recurring right knee injury. But with the Wizards in turmoil, having a players-only meeting early that year and constantly teetering around .500, Harrington's level-headed leadership was instrumental in keeping them together.
The experiment in Denver was Harrington's second taste of coaching. The Wizards allowed him to help coach their 2014 summer league team in Las Vegas. They didn't offer Harrington a second player contract that he sought as a free agent but were open to bringing him on staff as a coach under Randy Wittman, multiple persons with knowledge of the situation said at the time.
Harrington still thought he could play and had a brief stint in China. That run didn't last long and he soon retired after 16 years. The next phase of his basketball career awaits.