After back surgery last week, healthier Wittman returns

Updated: December 11, 2007, 9:29 PM ET
Associated Press

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.

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