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.