Kings not joshing about new NBA recruit

The Sydney Kings have pulled off a coup, signing NBA veteran Al Harrington as an injury replacement for fellow American star Josh Childress.

Harrington, who was selected by the Indian Pacers as 25th pick in the 1998 NBA draft as an 18 year-old, has played 981 games for seven NBA clubs during his 16-year career.

The 206cm, 111kg scorer will arrive in time to play against the Townsville Crocs tomorrow night after agreeing to an injury-waiver contract to replace Childress, who is looking at up to five weeks on the sideline after fracturing his right hand against Adelaide last week.

Childress helped set up the deal with his close friend, saying: "Al is obviously very talented, but he also brings a wealth of knowledge and experience and is a quality person."

Meanwhile Perth coach Trevor Gleeson said his players would have to put the clamps on Melbourne tonight to end its five-game winning start to the season.

"They recruited front-line players and they're very capable of throwing up a big score so we will have to be good defensively and not let them score 90 plus points," Gleeson said.

He also said he had been pleased with the way his injury-hit side came back with a 106-99 win over Illawarra last Sunday, less than 48 hours after a shock 66-63 loss to Townsville in Perth.

"We got out to a good lead (against Townsville) and we put it on auto pilot," Gleeson said. "We disrespected the game and that's what happens - but credit to Townsville."

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