``Everybody was so surprised how much bigger I had gotten,’’ Harkless said with an almost sheepish laugh. ``I really don’t notice the difference because I see myself every day. But I guess I have gotten bigger because I’ve had to get some new clothes. My shirts do fit a little tighter now than they used to.’’

Following a rookie season in which he had to overcome a serious surgery, go through a wide range of emotional swings and close the year by being forced to guard a Who’s Who of NBA superstars, Harkless wouldn’t have been blamed for attempting to catch his breath over the summer. However, the young forward was among the team’s most dedicated workers over the offseason, usually drilling twice a day and taking only a couple of weeks away from basketball.