Josh Howard ready to help banged-up Timberwolves

Associated Press Modified: November 16, 2012 at 7:02 pm •  Published: November 16, 2012
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Coach Rick Adelman said Howard would get five or six minutes per half to start out until the team could gauge his conditioning. With all the injuries, Adelman has simplified the offense, so he thinks the transition to a new team will be a little easier for Howard.

"He's been in the league for a while," Adelman said. "He picks things up pretty quickly. Any veteran like that sort of knows, and we know we can run certain things to make him comfortable. He'll be OK."

The Wolves also are unconcerned by a past that includes some spotty behavior. Howard drew some massive headlines in 2008, when he said on a radio show before the Dallas Mavericks played a playoff game that he used marijuana in the offseason. He was also arrested for drag racing.

Those issues are in the past, and Howard said he didn't think they would prevent him from returning to the court.

"You know you're finished when you sign those papers saying that you're retired. I never did that," Howard said. "I did what I was supposed to do as far as cleaning up my image and doing the things to make myself better and I've got this opportunity today."

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