Al Harrington was part of the trade that sent Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers last season. Harrington had a serious staph infection after having surgery to repair a torn meniscus, that kept him out of all but 10 games for the Orlando Magic last season. Since he had surgery to repair his his knees, Harrington is losing weight to take the pressure off of his knees.
“It’s been hard work,” Harrington said, via the USA TODAY. “I started on April 26. That’s the day I got in the gym, and I’ve been in here ever since. I really had no time off, just been grinding and trying to lose the weight. I feel like the lighter I am the more pressure I take off my knee, you know what I mean? So that was the focus behind losing the weight, and then just being strong.
“I’ve lost 27 pounds. I’m on my way down. I had to do it, and I’m focused. I’ve got a lot left in the tank. I’m only 33 years old, and people act like I’m 40. I’m just excited about getting back out there on the court and showing everybody. For me, this year I’m going to have a chip on my shoulder, so if I play like that I’m going to be tough to deal with.”