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Minnesota Timberwolves Asked Permission To Interview Bernie Bickerstaff

The Minnesota Timberwolves haven't exactly handled the Kurt Rambis situation in a professional matter, this we know. Nevertheless, president of basketball operations David Kahn has decided to keep operating the team as he has all summer -- and arguably throughout his tenure -- by going about things without any real rhyme or reason.

Despite not having officially relieved Rambis of his duties as head coach of the Wolves, Kahn has reportedly asked the Portland Trail Blazers for permission to interview assistant coach Bernie Bickerstaff according to Joe Freeman of The Oregonian.

Bickerstaff is the father of current Timberwolves assistant John-Blair and has had numerous coaching stints in the NBA since being named the Seattle SuperSonics head coach in 1985, but there's no guarantee that he's interested in dealing with Minnesota's roster at the age of 67. According to Freeman, Blazers president Larry Miller agreed to allow the Wolves to interview his assistant, but was unsure when or even if Bickerstaff will actually meet with Kahn.

There are seemingly better options for the next Timberwolves head coach available, but I had been holding off on writing about them until there was an official vacancy.  Kahn's all but made it official with this move, however, so there will probably be a coaching candidates list coming soon.

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