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Wheeler: Kaleb Canales Has Re-energized Blazers

Portland Trail Blazers radio broadcaster Brian Wheeler writes that interim coach Kaleb Canales has re-energized the team since taking over from former coach Nate McMillan. --------------------------- There are so many phony people in this world, folks that would like you to believe they are someone they're not. So it's refreshing when someone comes along that is everything they seem to be and more. And they don't even have to work at it. They just are. So it shouldn't be any surprise that despite not having any previous NBA head coaching experience, Kaleb has restored the competitive spirit and fight in a Blazers' team that had somehow lost its' way just after the All-Star Break. Nate McMillan is a fabulous coach and an even better person, but for some reason, the players weren't responding to him anymore. It's happened to a lot of successful head coaches, and sometimes it's hard to explain why. But since taking over the job as head coach, Kaleb has the players putting out maximum effort again, and battling from start to finish every night. That's all he wanted from each of his guys when he met with them for the first time in his new role. --------------------------- -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter

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