Jerry Zgoda missed the entire Kevin Garnett era, but he's back covering the Timberwolves after working the beat for their first four seasons two decades ago. In between, he covered a bit of everything: Gopher men's and women's basketball and NCAA athletics, golf, outdoor recreation, sports media and a little Vikings and Twins.

Barea back, will play tonight at San Antonio

Posted by: Jerry Zgoda under Wolves injury report, Wolves pre-game, Wolves news Updated: January 13, 2013 - 6:18 PM

J.J. Barea has re-joined the Wolves and will play tonight in San Antonio.

At least he will try to.

He says he feels much better than he did Wednesday in Oklahoma City, when he said he woke up after playing against Atlanta in Minneapolis the night before and could barely move.

"A lot better now," he said. "Feels great. Now I'm almost back to normal."

Barea said the "good news" is he only has a slightly herniated L5 back disk.

"It was better than what I thought it was going to be," he said.

He says he's feeling better after getting an epidural steroid injection and rehab that includes an exercise program he says he'll have to do 30 minutes a day, one he hopes to alleviate the issue.

He said he went to Dallas on Wednesday to see a renown Puerto Rican doctor there that his family knows, but one he had never visited for treatment before.

"We took care of it pretty quick," he said. "I think it was the right thing to do."

Barea's presence, if he can play meaningful minutes, gives acting head coach Terry Porter four guards again, or 3.5 if you count Ricky Rubio with limited minutes as less than a full player.

A couple other things:

* The Wolves seem close to signing French swingman Mickael Gelabale once Lazar Hayward's 10-day contract expires.

A European Internet report Sunday said Gelebale had reached agreement with an NBA team.

The Wolves have pursued him for weeks and David Kahn said before tonight's game that their still very interested.

He did say  there was a deal, but did say, "I heard there was a report. We are working on some things."

* Terry Porter will coach the team tonight and tomorrow night in Dallas.

Porter said before tonight's game that Rick Adelman won't return to coach before this four-game trip ends in Dallas.

Adelman remains in Minneapolis while doctors continue to do tests to determine exactly what has hospitalized his wife, Mary Kay.

 

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