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Updated: July 19th, 2011 8:16am
Report: Timberwolves' next interview with ex-Hawks coach Mike Woodson

Report: Timberwolves' next interview with ex-Hawks coach Mike Woodson

by Tom Pelissero
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Now that Kurt Rambis officially is out as coach, the Minnesota Timberwolves don't appear to be wasting much time vetting potential successors.

Former Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Woodson, who also is a candidate for the Pistons' head-coaching job, was at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Monday night and expected to interview with the Wolves on Tuesday, the Detroit Free-Press reported.

This, one day after the Wolves reportedly interviewed former Milwaukee and Phoenix coach Terry Porter.

Woodson, 53, was 206-286 in six seasons with the Hawks, who went to the playoffs three consecutive seasons before he was fired after a first-round sweep against Orlando last year.

Known as a defensive coach, Woodson -- a first-round pick by the New York Knicks in the 1980 NBA Draft who averaged 14 points per game in 11 pro seasons -- is one of two front-runners for the Pistons job, along with former New Jersey Nets coach Lawrence Frank.

The Wolves also have spoken with the winningest coach in NBA history, Don Nelson, and others about the job.

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