"...NYKnicks.com: First off, thanks for talking with us today.I like Al a lot as a player, as you loyal Gym Rats know I wanted to trade Crawford for him last summer, and he seems like a good dude. I'm not listening to any stupid comments about hanging on rims. Get over it. The guy gets shot happy for sure, but he plays hard. He sweats more than any Knick since Ewing.He can be a lethal inside/outside threat.
Al Harrington: Of course. No problem.
NYKnicks.com: So how’s your summer been? How’ve you been keeping busy?
Harrington: It’s going well. I’m just working out, keeping in shape, you know what I mean? I’m lifting a lot of weights and working on my body. My Achilles has been a little sore so I have been working on that to make sure I am all good to go for the season. That’s why the summer is important. This week I spent a lot of time on the courts. I’ve also been doing a tour for my Protégé sneakers.
NYKnicks.com: How’s that been?
Harrington: It’s been great. The response has been real good. Wherever we go we get anywhere from 200 to 400 people, and it’s been a lot of fun. Obviously the kids are coming out and playing on the courts. We have a lot of competitions and contests where we give out prizes, and people have been really responsive to the shoe. They like what we’re doing, which is making an affordable shoe.
NYKnicks.com: Asides from work, what have you been doing for fun? Did you go away anywhere?
Harrington: Not really. I am really focusing hard on the season, and my wife is pregnant this summer so we haven’t really been able to go anywhere. I’ve just been here in the city working out, but I did go to Vegas for two weeks to train. But I couldn’t wait to come back to be with her. It’s my first kid. A little baby girl.
NYKnicks.com: Do you have a name yet?
Harrington: Amaya. She is due October 22, so I’m probably going to miss a little bit of training camp. But it’s worth it. (laughs)
NYKnicks.com: Have you kept in touch with any of your teammates?
Harrington: I’ve seen (Chris) Duhon a couple of times, and the same with Gallo (Danilo Gallinari). Wilson (Chandler) too. He is doing much better with his ankle, so the guys are working. Everybody is in the gym and we are exciting to come together and be a part of a team again.
NYKnicks.com: Have you spoken with Coach or Donnie Walsh at all?
Harrington: I’ve seen coach the last two days actually. You know Coach, he’s always upbeat and he was really happy to see me. And I saw Donnie today for the first time and we just talked a little bit about what we are trying to get in here and establish. He is always trying to make the team better...more."
But let's be real. This is a big season for Al. If he tries to be like we used to say on the playground a "glory hound", aka someone who tries to win games by himself and take all the glory, he won't be around in 2010. If he plays as part of the system then he should recognize that he's a part of something and play the next few seasons for less money.
And in all honesty, like Shaq said on MSG after the game in Phoenix last year, Al was playing at an All-Star level and was for a while after the trade.
He's a good fit here, if he can recognize his limitations.