Posted June 06, 2012

New Blazers G.M. Neil Olshey: Interim coach Kaleb Canales ‘favorite’ to keep job

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Kaleb Canales

Interim coach Canales has the support of the Blazers’ new G.M. for the permanent job. (Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

At his introductory press conference, new Portland Trail Blazers general manager Neil Olshey gushed about interim coach Kaleb Canales, making it seem as if Canales is a near-lock to be handed the job on a permanent basis.

“If you’re asking me to handicap it, I’ll say (Canales is) the in-house favorite right now. … At the end of the day, I don’t see anyone bringing more to the table than Kaleb Canales,” Olshey said, according to Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com. “But we’re going to follow a process to see how it works out.”

Haynes points out that Olshey and Canales have the same agent, so his gushing should be taken with a grain of salt. But if Blazers ownership was already leaning toward keeping Canales, it makes sense to hire someone who would be comfortable with him.