Kaleb Canales Rumors
Aldridge has meshed well with Stotts, now in his second season as Portland’s coach, after a start that began a little bumpy. Aldridge had grown used to Stotts’ predecessors, Nate McMillan and Kaleb Canales. “My relationship with Terry has taken a huge jump since last year,” Aldridge says. “He is more … I wouldn’t say overly strict, but he’s more strict than Nate and Kaleb were. He has more structure than they had. They knew me and knew I’d get my work in.
Monte Mathis will coach the Mavs’ team and will be assisted by Kaleb Canales, Darrell Armstrong, Mike Shedd and Mike Weinar.
Portland Trail Blazers Head Coach Terry Stotts has begun the process of interviewing various candidates for their assistant coach opening vacated by Kaleb Canales, who took the same position with Dallas, CSNNW.com has learned.
Statement from Rick Carlisle: “On April 16th Jim O’Brien informed me that he would be retiring from coaching when our season was over. Jim said he loved working in the Mavs organization, but being away from family made his decision easy. I consider Jim O’Brien a great basketball man of high integrity and thank him for everything he taught me, my staff and our players this past season. We are fortunate that Kaleb Canales became available and had interest in joining the Mavs organization. Kaleb has worked for the Portland Trailblazers organization in multiple capacities for the last 9 years, and brings great knowledge, enthusiasm and work ethic to the Mavs. He will join Monte Mathis and Tony Brown on the bench and take over in Coach O’Brien’s capacity of coordinating our offense.”
Stotts’ coaching staff will be critical to the Blazers’ success. In addition to Kaleb Canales — the other finalist for the head job and the man who served there on an interim basis after Nate McMillan was fired last season — Stotts will hire four assistants. “There’s a chance I’ll hire somebody this week,” he says. “We may announce them one at a time or as a group, I don’t know. All the assistants will be on the floor, working with players. That said, I’m going to have some experienced X’s and O’s guys to help with game plans. We’re going to have energy. Players can feel the energy of a coaching staff.”
What was it like when you found out you didn’t get the head job? Kaleb Canales: “Again, my focus has always been on the organization. And it was during that week in Las Vegas it was a basketball camp that I’ve gotten a chance and very fortunate to work over the past couple of years. I think this was my sixth season working there. It’s about 60 NBA players and about 30 NBA coaches. So, my focus was just on my players there and taking it in stride and finding a way for our guys to get better during the week.
Kerry Eggers: Terry Stotts said he will hire four assistant coaches in addition to Kaleb Canales. No timeline: “I want to get the guys I want.”
During his introductory press conference on Wednesday, Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts talked about his relationship with Kaleb Canales, former interim head coach and finalist for the position. Canales will stay with the team as an assistant coach on Stotts’ staff. “Since he has such a good relationship with the players, that’s an asset that’s invaluable,” Stotts said of Canales.
Stotts said his first order of business will be to complete his coaching staff. He said Kaleb Canales has accepted his invitation to stay on the Blazers staff after he was a finalist for the head job. Stotts would not reveal coaches he is pursuing, but former Orlando assistant Steve Clifford is believed to be under consideration. Clifford was one of the final four candidates for the Portland job. The Blazers have also asked two teams for permission to speak to their coaches for a spot on Stotts’ staff.
“He basically had the same reaction as me — shocked,” Matthews said of Aldridge’s reaction to Stotts’ hiring. “But we’re both on board and excited to get this thing rolling. We’ve got a GM in place, got a coach in place and we still have Kaleb on board with the team and organization. We’re ready to get this going.”
For months, Trail Blazers guard Wesley Matthews has lobbied for Kaleb Canales to become the team’s permanent head coach. But that possibility vanished Tuesday, when general manager Neil Olshey hired Dallas Mavericks assistant Terry Stotts instead. “Initially, I was a little shocked,” Matthews said. “I thought Kaleb was definitely going to get that job. But after talking to Neil and hearing his reasons, I’m excited. Coach Stotts brings championship experience and I think that’s huge. That’s somewhere we see ourselves in the near-near future.”
But it’s his most recent stop, with Dallas, that is generating the biggest buzz among Blazers players. Stotts was a key member of coach Rick Carlisle’s staff during the Mavericks’ run to the 2011 NBA Championship, which featured a first-round Western Conference playoff victory over the Blazers. “I’ve never formally met him, so I don’t know him,” second-year Blazers guard Nolan Smith said. “But I know he was on the World Championship team with the Mavericks. I know he knows what it takes to win.”
Marc Stein: Word on coaching grapevine is that keeping Paul Allen fave Kaleb Canales on staff was pre-condition for Terry Stotts getting Blazer job
I think the job has been Kaleb’s all along. And I think Stotts, while a very worthy candidate, is being thrown into the mix (remember, he’s a Warren Legarie client) to bring him back into the discussion for future head coaching jobs. Meanwhile, all the candidates that were interviewed — the dog-and-pony show that included more than a dozen people — does nothing, at least to Blazer Nation, but validate Canales as a candidate. At least that would be the hope.
Dallas Mavericks assistant coach Terry Stotts and Portland Trail Blazers interim head coach Kaleb Canales are traveling to London this weekend to meet with owner Paul Allen in what will be the final phase of interviews to determine who will be the Trail Blazers next head coach, CSNNW.com has learned. A decision is expected soon after in order to fill out the rest of the coaching staff in a timely fashion. Tuesday, the Trail Blazers finished up round two of the interview process. General manager Neil Olshey and his brass met with Stotts and former Orlando Magic assistant coach Steve Clifford on Monday and on Tuesday, met with Canales and Phoenix Suns assistant Elston Turner.