Al Harrington hasn't rocked any boats, or complained, or asked for a trade, but he has said he wants to start. And it's arguable that he could not only start, but star for many NBA teams.
My question is why?
I think if he stays where he's at he has the unique opportunity to have a career like John Havlicek's. During his sixteen year career Havlicek played on eight Boston championship teams, appeared in 13 consecutive NBA All-Star Games, earned 11 selections to the All-NBA First or Second Team, and was named to the NBA All-Defensive First or Second Team eight times. In 1996 he was voted one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History.
What's special about Havlicek is he garnered most of these honors as a 6th man. It was Havlicek who provided the spark off the bench during the Celtics' dynasty years of the 1960's.
It's my contention that Havlicek wouldn't have had such a storied career if he hadn't played with other great players on the Celtic's. It's also my opinion that without Havlicek the Celtic's wouldn't have won as many championships.
Havlicek has shown it's not necessary to start to garner honors and fame.
So what should Al do? Embrace his 6th man roll, or push to start?
I think he could be the main man on many teams, but he has the chance to be a major part of something special right where he's at.