Scott Skiles says he's ready to overcome back problems and an image as, in his words, "a hothead, a junkie, a drunk," and play regularly for the Indiana Pacers in the National Basketball Assn.
The former Michigan State star played only 13 games with the Milwaukee Bucks last season and was traded to the Indianapolis Pacers for a second-round draft choice in 1989.
Skiles was slowed by a herniated disk injury last season, after a college career marked by legal problems caused by drug and alcohol use. He was fined in Michigan for drunken driving, and was convicted in Indiana two years ago for misdemeanor possession of marijuana.
"I have a lot of regrets about that time," he said. "I feel particularly bad about the effects it had on my family, my friends and Michigan State, especially Jud (Heathcote, the Spartans' coach).