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Sydney Kings sign Al Harrington
The Sydney Kings have announced the signing of former NBA forward Al Harrington as an injury replacement player for import Josh Childress. The organisation acted swiftly by signing Harrington after it was confirmed that Childress fractured his right hand during Friday’s loss to Adelaide and will be sidelined for at least four weeks. Standing 206cm (6’9”) and 111kg (245lb), Harrington is a versatile combo-forward who delivers a potent offensive threat. The NBA veteran has had a remarkable career, playing 981 NBA games while earning 445 starts for seven different clubs throughout his 16-year career, marking him as the most experienced NBA player to join a National Basketball League team. More recently, Harrington helped the Washington Wizards make a push in the 2014 NBA playoffs before signing with the Fujian Sturgeons of the Chinese Basketball Association. “It’s great to get someone of Al’s stature and experience coming in at this stage of the season under the current circumstances (Childress’ injury),” said Sydney Kings Head Coach Damian Cotter. The talented forward’s ability to shoot from the outside combined with his size, strength and great character will make him the perfect fit for the Sydney Kings in Childress’ absence. Sydney Kings CEO Craig Meagher is delighted to have a player of Harrington’s calibre join the organisation. “The Sydney Kings are pleased to be able to bring Al Harrington to Australia and to have him represent our club on and off the court,” said Mr Meagher. “We hope all basketball fans take the opportunity to get to a Sydney Kings game and cheer on our newest addition to the Sydney Kings line-up.” After a stellar high school career at Saint Patrick’s High School in New Jersey, Harrington bypassed college and was selected by the Indiana Pacers with the 25th overall pick in the 1998 NBA Draft at just 18 years of age. Harrington spent six highly productive seasons with the Pacers before being traded, ironically, for former Sydney King Stephen Jackson, to the Atlanta Hawks where he would become teammates with Childress. Over the course of his 16 seasons in the NBA, Harrington averaged 13.5 points and 5.6 rebounds per game while shooting 44 percent from the field. The New Jersey native is one of just 83 players in NBA history to play more than 15 seasons in the league and one of just five – the others being Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant, Jermaine O’Neal and Rashard Lewis – to do so after making the jump straight from high school. The Sydney Kings are looking forward to Harrington’s arrival later this week where he will join his new teammates ahead of Friday’s crucial game at the Qantas Credit Union Arena (Sydney Entertainment Centre) against the Townsville Crocodiles.