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Updated: July 11th, 2011 8:25pm
Report: Timberwolves given permission to interview Bernie Bickerstaff

Report: Timberwolves given permission to interview Bernie Bickerstaff

by Nate Sandell
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With current coach Kurt Rambis likely on his way out, the Minnesota Timberwolves have been granted the go-ahead to interview current Portland Trailblazers assistant Bernie Bickerstaff, according to a report by Portland newspaper "The Oregonian".

The 67-year-old Bickerstaff has coached in the NBA since 1973. He has experience as a head coach, with stops in Seattle, Denver, Washington and Charlotte, but he has struggled to maintain success, posting a career record of 415-517. After spending two years (2008-10) as an assistant with the Bulls he joined Nate McMillian's staff with the Trailblazers in 2010.

Bickerstaff already has ties to the Wolves as his son J.B. is currently an assistant for the team.

It is the latest development in the Wolves bizarre handling of their coaching situation. Although it may be in title only, Rambis remains head coach. On the eve of the NBA Draft, Yahoo Sports! reported Rambis had been fired, but the next day David Kahn, president of basketball operations, claimed no such move had been made and the process of determining Rambis' future was ongoing.

The Wolves also have been rumored to have reached out to Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski and Lakers assistant coach Quin Snyder as potential candidates.

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