The Timberwolves’ search for some stability and leadership has brought to training camp Bonzi Wells, who not that many years ago might have been one of the last guys ever considered to fulfill such needs.
Gifted but stubborn and immature once upon a time, he now, at age 35, is looking both for a job after three years out of the league and for a chance, perhaps, to tell young guys who think they know all a morsel or two about the way things really are.
He once was one of those guys.
Now, after playing in China in 2008-09, Puerto Rico in 2009-10 and not at all last season, he is seeking one last chance, mostly so he can leave professional basketball on his own terms.
“I really didn’t like the way I left the game,” Wells said. “You want to go out and say you’re retired. You don’t want to go out because someone tells you they don’t want you anymore.”
— Reported by Jerry Zgoda of the Minneapolis Star Tribune