Al Harrington declares himself ready to play again

Al Harrington declares himself ready to play again
February 21, 2014, 3:45 pm
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(Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)

Could Al Harrington be joining Andre Miller on the court for Saturday's game vs. the New Orleans Pelicans? It sure sounds that way, though coach Randy Wittman was cryptic by giving a "we'll see" answer with a half-hearted smile. That probably means there's a chance. 

Harrington has targeted a post-All-Star return. The stretch power forward has only played seven games in his first season with Washington because of a troublesome right knee that required surgery to remove loose particles in December. 

"I'm ready to play. Whenever coach puts me out there," Harrington said after Friday's practice. 

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So he can play Saturday?  "I know I could," Harrington responded. 

He began scrimmaging earlier this month and went through his first full-contact practice last week. The Wizards (26-28) could use his offense off the bench, though it remains to be seen how his return would impact the rotation or if Wittman uses him at all. 

"I can compete with those guys," Harrington said. "My shot is not as sharp as I'd like it to be but everything else I think I can do out there. It's just a matter of time, getting in shape and then coach's confidence I can play."