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.

Wolves hire Lynam as consultant, return from 4-day break vs. Rockets tonight

Posted by: Jerry Zgoda under Wolves injury report, Wolves pre-game, Wolves news Updated: January 24, 2011 - 6:39 PM

After a rare four-day break in the schedule, the Wolves return tonight against the Rockets at Target Center with everybody back in the lineup.

Luke Ridnour will start despite a hamstring injury that still isn't quite right. Darko Milicic and Michael Beasley will play on a healing sprained ankle. And Corey Brewer is back after being away from the team Friday and Saturday after he returned to Portland, Tenn., for the second time last week to visit his ill father.

Kurt Rambis said he didn't get as much accomplished in three consecutive days of practice because of the various injuries and Brewer's absence. But after playing every other day for three weeks, he got a chance to work on some of the team's issues, including what he called cleaning up the offensive execution.

On another matter: The team has hired former longtime NBA coach and executive Jim Lynam as a basketball operations consultant.

It's a part-time gig in which he'll evaluate pro personnel -- including the team's own -- in a role a bit like what Jerry Sichting did before he accepted an assistant coaching job with Golden State before this season.

He'll be back and forth to Target Center from his home in the Philly area.

 

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