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Timberwolves may still interview Bickerstaff

Jul 20, 2011, 8:48 AM EST

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The Minnesota Timberwolves are off to a fast start with interviews — Terry Porter and Mike Woodson have sat down with Wolves management, Don Nelson has spoke to them on the phone and likely will get an interview.

But don’t count out Bernie Bickerstaff, tweets beat writer Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune.

Expect Timberwolves still to interview Portland assistant Bernie Bickerstaff, even though his son J.B. has joined Kevin McHale in Houston

The younger Bickerstaff had been a Wolves assistant and the plan had been to bring in 67-year-old Bernie to both coach for a couple years and groom his son to take over the big chair after him. Then J.B. bolted to Houston.

The age thing does not seem to concern the Wolves too much, Nelson is 71 and in the running.

Expect the Wolves to take their time with this decision — because of the lockout there is only so much the coach can do right now anyway. A staff can be assembled and plans made, but since players cannot be contacted there are limits on how much work can get done.

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