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After back surgery last week, healthier Wittman returns

WASHINGTON -- Randy Wittman returned to the sideline Tuesday
night, coaching the Minnesota Timberwolves after having back
surgery last week.

"It is 100 percent better," Wittman said before Minnesota's
102-88 loss at Washington. "It is something that had to be done. It was
awful."

He missed Minnesota's previous three games, with assistant Jerry
Sichting filling in and going 1-2.

Wittman kept tabs on his club by watching games at home on
television and by speaking with his coaching staff three or four
times a day.

"I could see a little bit different things from my vantage
point," Wittman said. "You try to give your two cents' worth."

Timberwolves guard Randy Foye is expected to continue rehabbing
his injured left knee for a few more weeks.

Foye, an NBA all-rookie team selection in 2006-07, has not
played this season, but he was cleared to ramp up his rehab work
after having some tests on the knee Monday.