Fifteen years after he started his NBA career here, Orlando Magic power forward Al Harrington still has an affection for Indiana's capital city.

Harrington was only 18 years old when the Indiana Pacers selected him out of high school 25th overall in the 1998 NBA Draft. That rookie season, he learned from such veteran players as Antonio Davis, Dale Davis, Mark Jackson, Reggie Miller and Chris Mullin.

"They taught me everything I know," Harrington said Tuesday, a few hours before the Magic faced the Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. "They taught me how to work. They taught me how to act on and off the court. Those guys were a blessing for me. Obviously, I wanted to be a top-five pick, but that would've probably put me on a young team where I wouldn't have known what I was doing."

When he was a rookie, Harrington lived with Antonio Davis, and Davis' kids nicknamed Harrington "Baby Al." The nickname eventually spread.

Harrington spent six seasons with the Pacers, and Pacers fans still recognize him.

On Monday, he walked through an Indianapolis mall, and a few fans stopped him and asked, "Are you still 'Baby Al?' Or are you just 'Al' now?"

Harrington's family moved from northern New Jersey to Indianapolis, and Harrington expected about 10 family members inside the arena Tuesday night.

"Just coming to Indiana, it's like home," Harrington said.