On Dec. 4, 2019, former NBA and USA Basketball athlete Othella Harrington was announced by USA Basketball as an assistant coach for the USA Basketball Men’s National Team that competed in the February 2020 FIBA AmeriCup qualifying games. The USA recorded a pair of impressive victories over Puetro Rico, winning 83-70 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and 95-73 in Washington, D.C. In winning the two games, Fratello's USA squad averaged 89.0 points a game, accumulated an average margin of victory of +17.5 points a game, while defensively limiting Puerto Rico to 40.8 percent shooting from the field, 25.0 percent shooting from 3-point, and outrebounding Puerto Rico by 5.0 rebounds a game.
“I’m very honored to be asked again to be participate in USA Basketball and represent USA Basketball and USA. I’m just super excited,” said Harrington. “The last window (of World Cup qualifying) was great working with Jeff (Van Gundy), coach Thompson and Mark Fox, and I’m excited to be here again and being able to work with Mike Fratello, who is a legend in his own right for all he’s done in the NBA. I’m looking forward to learning from him as much as I can and also Andy Greer, who I had the chance to work with a little bit in New York when we were with Jeff, so its kid of a reunion for us a little bit.”
Harrington joined Fratello’s USA AmeriCup Qualifying Team staff after most serving as the team scout for Jeff Van Gundy and the USA World Cup Qualifying teams during their November/December 2018 and February 2019 competition windows. He helped the USA compile a 3-1 record during the two stints, as well as earn a qualifying berth into the 2019 FIBA World Cup.
Harrington was part of the men's basketball staff at his alma mater, Georgetown University, serving four seasons (2011-15) as the Hoyas’ director of basketball operations.
Harrington was a four-year starter at Georgetown from 1992-96 and ranks as Georgetown’s all-time leader in offensive rebounds (393), fifth in all-time scoring with 1,839 points, fifth in career blocked shots with 201 rejections and fourth on the rebound leader list with 983 boards.
The power forward was a member of three USA Basketball teams, winning gold at the 1995 World University Games and 1993 FIBA U21 World Championship, while claiming a silver medal at the 1993 FIBA Americas U20 Championship.
Selected 30th overall in the 1996 NBA Draft by the Houston Rockets, Harrington played 12 seasons in the NBA with the Houston Rockets, Vancouver Grizzlies, New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls and Charlotte Bobcats. He played in 709 regular season games and compiled 5,212 points (7.4 ppg.) and 3,130 rebounds (4.4 rpg.).