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.
Dallas Mavericks assistant Kaleb Canales is joining the New York Knicks coaching staff, league sources tell ESPN. Canales has been with the Mavericks since 2013. He was the interim head coach with Blazers in 2012.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 17, 2018
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.