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

Wednesday June 6th, 2012

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 "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.

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