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Former Blazers Coach Kaleb Canales Named to Mexico’s National Team

One of the nicest people to walk the sidelines in Portland will help Mexico try to earn international glory.

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Former Portland Trail Blazers assistant coach, and brief interim head coach, Kaleb Canales has been named associate head coach of Mexico’s national team according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Longtime NBA assistant Kaleb Canales has been named the associate head coach for Mexico’s national basketball team, sources tell ESPN. Canales will assist Mexico in the upcoming FIBA Americas qualifying tournament for the 2023 World Cup.

Canales was the NBA’s first Mexican-American head coach with Portland in 2012, and more recently has been an assistant coach with the Mavericks, Knicks and Pacers.

Canales was an assistant coach for the Portland Trail Blazers for four seasons from the 2009-10 season through the 2012-13 season. He also took over and served as head coach after the mid-season firing of coach Nate McMillan. The Blazers went 8-15 over the last 23 games of that season under Canales, who went back to his role as assistant for one more year under new head coach Terry Stotts.

The Blazers went 159-150 overall during Canales’ stint as assistant and interim head coach.

After leaving the Trail Blazers, Canales served as an assistant for the Dallas Mavericks for four years from 2013-2018, the New York Knicks for two years from 2018-2020, and most recently for the Indiana Pacers for the 2020-21 season.