College - Minnesota
John-Blair "J.B." Bickerstaff
Assistant Coach/Player Development
John-Blair “J.B.” Bickerstaff is in his third season as an assistant coach with the Timberwolves. He came to Minnesota from Charlotte, where was on the Bobcats coaching staff for two seasons. Bickerstaff followed in the footsteps of his father, Bobcats GM & head coach Bernie Bickerstaff, who was the youngest assistant coach when he joined the NBA in 1973 at 29 years old.
Around basketball his whole life — his father Bernie was head coach for four NBA teams, including the Charlotte Bobcats — Bickerstaff provided color analysis on radio broadcasts in 2003-04 for the Timberwolves when the team won the Midwest Division and advanced to the Western Conference Finals. Prior to that, he served as the director of operations for the University of Minnesota men’s basketball program where he oversaw all administrative areas of the program and assisted the coaching staff with recruiting, scouting and coaching.
Bickerstaff played collegiately at Oregon State University and the University of Minnesota. He played two seasons with the Golden Gophers from 1999-2001 and averaged 9.4 points and 5.8 rebounds. As a senior, he had 10.9 points and 6.1 rebounds and paced the team in field goal percentage.