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Phoenix Suns

Updated May 22, 2013 - 1:15 pm

Report: Suns receive permission to interview J.B. Bickerstaff and Steve Clifford

J.B. Bickerstaff (AP Photo)

New Phoenix Suns general manager Ryan McDonough said there has been "good progress" in the search for a head coach, as he has a good list of options to choose from.

According to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, the team has been granted permission to interview L.A. Lakers assistant Steve Clifford as well as Houston Rockets assistant J.B. Bickerstaff.

Clifford, who just wrapped up his first season in Tinseltown, had previously spent five seasons with the Orlando Magic. Known as a defensive-minded coach, he has also spent time as an assistant in Houston as well as the New York Knicks.

Bickerstaff, who would be young for a head coach at 34, has also reportedly interviewed for head coaching jobs with the Milwaukee Bucks and Detroit Pistons.

The son of former NBA coach Bernie Bickerstaff, J.B. spent three years with on the Charlotte Bobcats' staff and four years as a Minnesota Timberwolves assistant before joining the Rockets in 2012.

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School: University of Arizona

When you started with Bonneville Phoenix: Fall 2008, right before Cardinals Super Bowl run

Favorite sports memory: Being at Game 7 of the 2001 World Series with my dad

Favorite all-time athlete: Larry Centers

Favorite sports movies: The Sandlot, Rookie of the Year, Jerry Maguire

Most crushing sports moment: Grew up in Arizona and went to UA from 2002-06. In short, there are too many to name just one.

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