Wizards need to hold each other accountable
The one bright spot for the Wizards in this three-game losing streak is Al Harrington, who was getting up shots well after practice ended Monday at Verizon Center. He has only played seven games since pain in his troublesome right knee eventually led him to surgery last month but he's hoping the rehabilitation program developed by physical therapist Russ Paine, who aided Adrian Peterson in his miraculous comeback from a knee ligament tear for a 2,000-yard rushing season in the NFL, will pay off.
"It's been good. It's positive. I don't have pain in my knee right now. I feel like I'm going in the right direction with being cautious with it," Harrington said in his first interview after a Dec. 9 procedure to remove loose particles from his right knee. "They don't want me to rush back out there and neither do I. When I get back out there this time I want to be able to finish the season strong."
Harrington said he wasn't aware his knee issue was serious enough to need surgery until he had an MRI in Vail, Colo.
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"That's when I found out its a little bit more serious than I had thought and that we had thought here," he said.
Harrington, who last played Nov. 12 and was averaging 7.9 points off the bench, isn't cleared for contact and did his rehab program in Houston with Paine. He's still doing the program here.
"I have a timetable in my head but I don't really want to say it in case I don't reach it," Harrington said about his return. "I'm trying to get out there sooner than later. I'm definitely going to get back on the court. For sure."
If he can get back by the All-Star break in mid-February for a late push into the postseason, the Wizards (14-17) will take it.