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Sunday, July 24, 2011

T-Wolves interview Bickerstaff


MINNEAPOLIS — Portland assistant Bernie Bickerstaff interviewed with the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday and former Houston coach Rick Adelman was scheduled to come in Saturday as the team searches for a new coach.

A person with knowledge of the process said on Friday about the interviews. The person requested anonymity because the team is not commenting publicly on its coaching search.

Bickerstaff is 415-517 in just over 13 seasons as a head coach. He is the father of former Timberwolves assistant J.B. Bickerstaff, who agreed to take a job as an assistant in Houston earlier this month. But J.B. is highly thought of in the Timberwolves organization, and some view him as head coach material in the not-too-distant future.

To that end, one of the scenarios that Timberwolves president of basketball operations David Kahn is considering hiring Bernie Bickerstaff, who has head coaching experience in Charlotte, Denver, Washington and Seattle, to serve as a tutor for a year or two before handing things over to his son for the long haul.

The Timberwolves have also interviewed Terry Porter and Mike Woodson and could bring in Don Nelson soon as well.

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