Hoop History | Al Harrington
The first City of Palms Classic alum to win the USA TODAY National Player of the Year award was Al Harrington in 1998. Going right from St. Patrick High School to the NBA, Harrington was the 25th overall pick in the 1998 NBA draft by the Indiana Pacers, Harrington was the mega-journeyman, playing for seven teams over a 16-year career, eight of those years with the Pacers over two different stints. He helped the Pacers reach the NBA Eastern Conference finals in 2004. Over his career, Harrington averaged 13.5 points and 5.6 rebounds a game. His best scoring season was with the New York Knicks in 2008-09 when he averaged 20.7 points a game.
After retirement, Harrington found a niche in the cannabis industry. He started a business, called Viola Extracts, producing cannabis extracts. He also has launched Harrington Wellness and Butter Baby that also produce cannabis products. All three companies comprise The Harrington Group.