HoopsHype Kaleb Canales rumors

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Trail Blazers interim head coach, Kaleb Canales, has come on strong as the favorite to secure their head coaching vacancy, according to a source. The thinking is, if the Trail Blazers aren't going to be competing for a championship anytime soon and if they're going to hold on to their two lottery picks, Canales, 34, is being viewed as “the perfect guy” to take over the young Trail Blazer roster. CSNNW.com

April 28, 2012 Updates

To a man, the players who spoke to reporters Friday -- only LaMarcus Aldridge and Shawne Williams weren't present -- endorsed bringing Canales back as head coach. "I thought Kaleb did an outstanding job," said veteran center Kurt Thomas, who has one year left on his contract with Portland. "It was a tough situation, losing two key guys at the trade deadline and being at the point where management wanted to take a look at the younger guys. He was definitely in a tougher situation, but I think they went out there and competed each and every night and played hard for him." Oregonian

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Blazers president Larry Miller on future of interim coach Kaleb Canales: "I have had a number of [players] tell me directly they support him. That definitely will be taken into consideration. Our goal is to put ourselves in the best position to win, not just to win games, but to win a championship. We're going to look at that and that will be a major factor as we go through this. Kaleb has a lot of support, not just from the players but from the organization." (Via Blazers Courtside) Sulia

April 9, 2012 Updates

At one point, Felton lashed out in the media at McMillan, saying it was hard to play for a coach who didn’t show confidence in him. After McMillan was shown the door, though, Felton made it clear he wasn’t blaming the coach for his inability to perform. “I’ve known Coach Nate for years,” Felton says. “It was nothing personal between me and him. I have a lot of love for Coach Nate. “I will say I was more uptight (under McMillan). You have a hard-nosed coach trying to get used to the point guard, and a point guard who is trying to get used to the coach. That’s all it was. Me and Coach Nate needed more time with each other. Everybody was rushing through the season trying to play games without much practice time.” Portland Tribune

Truth be told, Felton has been more sensitive than insensitive to the thumb’s-down reviews. “I want the fans and the media to know I am who I am,” he says. “I’m going to play hard every night. I’m going to give my all every night. That’s me. “I’m not perfect. I admit I wasn’t in the shape I wanted to be when I came in. ... but I wasn’t the only one. Everybody got thrown off with this tight schedule. “The fans get upset with me every now and then. But I also have a lot of fans come up to me and say, ‘We believe in you, we love you no matter what other people say.’ That’s enough for me. If one person says that to me out of 25,000, that’s enough to keep my spirits up and working hard every day.” Portland Tribune

April 5, 2012 Updates

Blazers interim coach Kaleb Canales doesn't talk about much other than basketball, so nobody should have expected much when this question was presented to him before the game. "Let's get serious for a second. Which side DO you fall in on the Kris Humprhies vs. Kim Kardashian divorce?" Canales paused for about five seconds, smiled, then said "My focus is on the game." Columbian

April 4, 2012 Updates

Would you endorse (Kaleb Canales) for next season as the full-time head coach? Joel Przybilla: "Definitely. I'm definitely comfortable playing for him. He's learning, this is his first head coaching job. The progress he's made in just a few weeks is so significant. Talking in front of the guys, the referees, whatever it may be. He's made such strides in a few weeks. I'm excited for the future for him. He has great potential to be a great coach for many years." Blazers Edge

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While Canales focuses on the remainder of Portland’s schedule, a stretch that could determine his future with the Blazers, friends and family members have reacted to his stunning ascent with pride, joy and more than a little astonishment. Not because they doubted Canales. But because someone who didn’t play college basketball, had no connections to rely on, hailed from an area with virtually no NBA presence, and had never been a head coach at any level could rise so high, so fast. “It’s hard to put into words, to be honest,” his sister Chantal said. “It’s been surreal, just seeing where he started. The whole path is pretty amazing.” “The entire community is proud of Kaleb,” said Hector Noyola, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Laredo, where Canales was once named member of the year. “It’s the No. 1 sports story ever in Laredo. It’s a goal that few would think he could achieve, and he did it.” San Antonio Express-News

Mindful of Erik Spoelstra’s journey from video intern to Pat Riley’s right-hand man, Canales bombarded the future Miami Heat head coach with handwritten letters in the hope of earning an internship of his own. Spoelstra says he received one per week, each personalized with a motivational quote. But Canales said he actually sent one every day, only slightly embarrassed at his doggedness. Though Canales didn’t land the internship, Spoelstra was so impressed, he recommended him to friends throughout the NBA. When the Blazers called to offer him an unpaid position in the video department, Canales might as well have won the lottery. But the real work, he knew, was only just beginning. “I’ll never forget the look on his face,” said Charley Ochoa, who grew up in the same Laredo neighborhood and remains one of Canales’ closest friends. “You could see it in his eyes — he wasn’t coming back. He was going out there to prove himself.” San Antonio Express-News

March 19, 2012 Updates

Expectations are low for the Blazers. But if the actions of the players over the next 21 games come close to reflecting those of their new coach, whose infectious energy, passion and work ethic is second-to-none, the Blazers might just finish the season better than anyone is predicting. It’s only been three days since McMillan was fired, but the Blazers already have beaten the Chicago Bulls and there is a new vibe around the team that is more loose and optimistic. Who knows if the change is a byproduct of McMillan’s ouster or the trades of Gerald Wallace and Marcus Camby — or a combination of the two. But there is little debate that Canales has, at the very least, created a more uplifting, positive atmosphere. Oregonian

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