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Woj: Former Blazers interim coach Kaleb Canales becomes a Knick

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After five years in Dallas, Kaleb Canales has joined David Fizdale’s coaching staff in New York.

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Former Portland interim head coach Kaleb Canales has joined the New York Knicks’ coaching staff for the 2018-19 season, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Canales, 39, served as interim head coach in Portland after the departure of Nate McMillan during the tumultuous 2011-12 season - becoming the first Mexican-American coach in NBA history.

After the Blazers hired Terry Stotts in the 2012 offseason, Canales joined Rick Carlisle’s staff in Dallas - coincidentally working a bench that had been manned by Stotts the season prior.

In 2005, Portland hired Canales as a video intern. He climbed the ranks quickly, taking on a role as a video coordinator, before becoming the team’s assistant coach in 2009.

He joins a Knicks team that just last month hired former Memphis head coach David Fizdale for its top job.