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Wolves consider Carlesimo for coaching post

MINNEAPOLIS -- San Antonio Spurs assistant P.J. Carlesimo
interviewed for the Minnesota Timberwolves coaching job during a
break of the Western Conference finals.

Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said he received permission from
the Spurs to speak to Carlesimo on Friday, an off day for the Spurs
in their series against Phoenix.

"They had a couple of days off between games and we had asked
for authorization,'' Taylor said. "So we flew down and it went
well.''

Taylor said he still has a few candidates he wants to interview
before deciding on a successor to Kevin McHale. McHale, also the
team's vice president of basketball operations, fired Flip Saunders
in February and coached the team for the rest of the season. He is
staying as an executive.

Carlesimo has been a head coach at Portland and Golden State. If
he were hired by Minnesota, Latrell Sprewell's contentious run in
Minnesota almost surely would end. Sprewell played under Carlesimo
at Golden State and choked Carlesimo during a practice in 1997,
prompting a national debate on the conduct of athletes.

Taylor said he has interviewed about 10 people for the job,
including Timberwolves assistants Sidney Lowe, Randy Wittman and
Jerry Sichting.