May 6, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets forward Al Harrington reacts against the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half of game four in the Western Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the Pepsi Center. The Lakers won 92-88. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-US PRESSWIRE

Harrington Hopeful For Season Opener

Denver Nuggets top reserve Al Harrington has had a rough offseason.

Harrington played injured to close out last season, including with a broken nose and a torn meniscus, and is paying for it this offseason.

The veteran forward told InsideHoops.com that he had a staph infection and had to have three surgeries to fix the injury.

So I was sick, man. I had like three surgeries. And then a couple weeks later, they checked my knee again and it still was kinda cloudy in there. So I had to wait six weeks and take medicine… and then I had surgery again this Monday. Hopefully it’s the last one.

Harrington joins Wilson Chandler and Julyan Stone on Denver’s injury list and all three are iffy for the start of the season.  Chandler and Stone both suffered a hip injury and the injury may even cost Stone a roster spot.

Harrington said his goal is to be back for the first game of the regular season. He played 64 of 66 regular season games last season (and also all seven playoff games) and averaged 14.2 points and 6.1 rebounds.

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