Al Harrington knows he's a long way from playing a game, but he believes that he is recovering faster than expected from a staph infection in his right knee.
Harrington ran up and down the court, shot baskets and did light jumping on Monday at Amway Center in a post-practice session lasting 30 minutes.
“That was a big step for me,” Harrington said afterward, drenched with sweat.
“The biggest thing now is obviously [my] wind and getting all the strength back and just being confident to go out there and play how I want to play,” he added, referencing the arthroscopic surgery he had in May that led to the infection. “That’ll take some time, and until I get that confidence, I’m not going to be able to help my team on the court.”
Harrington has already made it clear that he has absolutely no plan to retire anytime soon.
“I just wanted to get it out there I’m working too hard to retire,” he explained. “I’m putting in three hours a day on my knee in here with the team, and then I do some stuff at night. So, I’m putting in all the effort I can to get out there as soon as possible. I don’t even know how to spell retirement.”