Harpring's plan is to stay involved in the NBA and is spending this season investigating his options. He has done some TV work, for the Jazz and for NBA TV, and has worked out potential players for the Jazz. He has even written an article for nba.com.
"Once it's in your blood, it's in your blood," he said of the game.
Without the stress of playing and training, Harpring is pain free. He is living with his family in Atlanta. His career likely will end after 665 games and with an 11.5 scoring average.
"Some people get hurt in Year 1 and never play," he said. "I don't feel shortchanged in the least."
Forward Joe Smith did not play for the fourth consecutive game, healing a dislocated thumb. He is not expected to play against Chicago today. … Guard Jamal Crawford, center Al Horford and forward Zaza Pachulia hosted Christmas events for children this week.