By Marcus Thompson
Tuesday, October 21st, 2008 at 8:29 pm in Uncategorized.
Coach Don Nelson named Al Harrington the third captain, joining Stephen Jackson and Andris Biedrins. Nellie, for some reason likes three captains, but he held out on the third. Al’s attitude and leadership led to Nellie giving him the C on his jersey.
Nelson: “He’s a veteran, been with me for a year. He’s stepped up his leadership in training camp.”
Why is this significant? Because these two haven’t been drinking buddies. Al and Nelli have had their differences. Harrington spent last season and this offseason frustrated about his role, his lack of fourth-quarter minutes, his inconsistent playing time. He and Nellie spoke at length late in the offseason, but Harrington still came into training camp with skepticism dripping from his tone as he vowed to do “everything I need to do.”
So either Al has really done so and has really impressed Nellie, or this is Nellie’s way of extending the olive branch and massaging their rocky relationship. Either way, it’s perhaps good news for the team’s chemistry.