Congratulations to the Interim coach for Trail Blazers

Photo credit: Bruce Ely of The Oregonian

Readers, you know I know little about sports. While I may not be able to capture the extent of awesomeness in the recent naming of Mr. Kaleb Canales to interim Trail Blazers coach, I do know it deserves a hearty congratulations.

From the (online version of The Oregonian) story:

The Trail Blazers fired coach Nate McMillan Thursday and promoted assistant coach Kaleb Canales to interim coach. Canales started with the Blazers as a video intern in 2004 and worked his way up to assistant coach before the 2008-09 season.

And later about his start in Laredo:

This knowledge was not passed down from a famous father or gained through years of playing in the NBA. Canales, all 5-foot-11 of him, was the starting power forward at Laredo’s United High School — a fact that LaMarcus Aldridge, Joel Przybilla and Brandon Roy continue to rib him about — and later served as an assistant coach there for two seasons. He was an assistant at the University of Texas-Arlington, where he received his bachelor’s degree.

What a great story of an outsider intern progressing up the ranks in the NBA.


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2 Responses to Congratulations to the Interim coach for Trail Blazers

  1. Armando X. Lopez says:

    Great story and something to celebrate in these times. It is great to see Laredoans pursuing their dreams and blazing their own trail (pun intended).

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