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Coaching search narrows for Timberwolves

From Sports - By Marc J. Spears and Adrian Wojnarowski

Minnesota Timberwolves general manager David Kahn confirmed he has begun the second round of interviews for the team's head-coaching position. Kahn said he planned to have the candidates show some of their coaching techniques on the court but wouldn't discuss other details of the search.

"I think if you're going to hire a coach, my personal feeling, and this is me, maybe I'm a fool, bringing someone into a hotel suite or a conference room is fine," Kahn said. "But I felt like the court is their work space and part of the second round is to take people out there and go over some X's-and-O's stuff so they can show me right there."

League sources say the finalists include ABC-TV analyst and former NBA point guard Mark Jackson, Houston Rockets assistant Elston Turner, Los Angeles Lakers assistant Kurt Rambis and Portland Trail Blazers assistant Monty Williams. Jackson has been considered the front-runner.

Kahn recently returned from Spain, where he met with Ricky Rubio(notes), the Timberwolves' first-round pick. Kahn hoped to help Rubio find a way to lower the buyout with his Spanish team, but would not discuss specifics of the trip.

"With Rubio, I'm just trying to make sure we don't overstep our bounds while we go through this stuff," Kahn said.

The Timberwolves also announced they signed restricted free-agent Ryan Hollis from the Dallas Mavericks. The Mavericks have indicated, according to news reports they will not match Minnesota's offer.