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Victor Kaleb Canales[1] (born July 7, 1978) is an American basketball assistant coach for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Kaleb Canales
New York Knicks
PositionAssistant coach
Personal information
Born (1978-07-07) July 7, 1978 (age 41)
Laredo, Texas
Career information
High schoolJohn B. Alexander (Laredo, Texas)
Coaching career2001–present
Career history
As coach:
2001–2002Martin HS (assistant)
2002–2003United HS (assistant)
2003–2004Texas–Arlington (assistant)
20082012Portland Trail Blazers (assistant)
2012Portland Trail Blazers (interim HC)
20132018Dallas Mavericks (assistant)
2018–presentNew York Knicks (assistant)


Early careerEdit

Born in Laredo, Texas, Canales is a graduate of John B. Alexander High School. He graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a degree in kinesiology.[2][3] He later earned a master's degree in sports leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University.[3]

Canales began his coaching career as an assistant coach in 2001 at United High School of Laredo. The following year, Canales became an assistant coach at Martin High School also in Laredo. In 2003, Canales returned to UT Arlington to be an assistant coach.[2][4][5]

NBA coaching careerEdit

In 2005, Canales was hired as a video intern for the Portland Trail Blazers, and was eventually hired as the team's video coordinator. In 2009, he was promoted to an assistant coach for the team.[2][6] In 2010, Canales served as the Blazers' head coach during the NBA Summer League.[7] He was promoted to interim head coach of the Trail Blazers after head coach Nate McMillan was dismissed on March 15, 2012.[8] Canales became the youngest active head coach in the NBA and the first Mexican-American coach in NBA history.[9][10]

In the summer of 2012, Portland hired Terry Stotts as their head coach, but Canales remained with the team as an assistant.[11] On May 3, 2013, Canales accepted an assistant coaching job with the Dallas Mavericks.[12]

Head coaching recordEdit

Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win–loss %
Playoffs PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win–loss %
Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
Portland 2011–12 23 8 15 .348 4th in Northwest Missed Playoffs
Career 23 8 15 .348

Personal lifeEdit

On August 17, 2012, Canales was presented the first-ever "Laredo Favorite Son" plaque by Mayor Raul G. Salinas, who said, "This is a young man who has made history – made history for our community, for our city, and someone that just has a delightful heart"[13]


  1. ^ Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997
  2. ^ a b c Cardenas, Nino (June 30, 2010). "Making it big". Laredo Morning Times. Archived from the original on January 28, 2013. Retrieved July 16, 2010.
  3. ^ a b Freeman, Joe (July 16, 2010). "The Trail Blazers' unlikely leader: Kaleb Canales". The Oregonian. Retrieved July 19, 2010.
  4. ^ Gomez, Ray (April 15, 2009). "Laredoan "Blazing a Trail" with Portland". Retrieved July 16, 2010.
  5. ^ "The Final Four: Kaleb Canales". CSN Northwest. July 27, 2012. Retrieved June 27, 2013.
  6. ^ Birnbach, Craig (February 6, 2010). "Hard work, no sleep propels this guy to Blazers' coaching job". Retrieved July 16, 2010.
  7. ^ Freeman, Joe (June 30, 2010). "Trail Blazers announce summer league roster". The Oregonian. Retrieved July 16, 2010.
  8. ^ Tokito, Mike (March 15, 2012). "Trail Blazers fire Nate McMillan as coach; assistant Kaleb Canales will finish season as interim coach". The Oregonian. Retrieved March 15, 2012.
  9. ^ Freeman, Joe (March 18, 2012). "Trail Blazers turn to Kaleb Canales to repair fractured locker room". The Oregonian. Retrieved March 22, 2012.
  10. ^ Portland Trail Blazers vs. San Antonio Spurs – Recap – April 23, 2012 – ESPN
  11. ^ Quick, Jason (August 7, 2012). "Kaleb Canales will stay with Blazers as assistant coach". The Oregonian. Retrieved August 7, 2012.
  12. ^ Quick, Jason (May 3, 2013). "Kaleb Canales leaving the Trail Blazers coaching staff to join the Dallas Mavericks". The Oregonian. Retrieved June 28, 2013.
  13. ^ Andrew Kreighbaum, "Career recognition: Canales Honored," Laredo Morning Times, August 18, 2012, pp. 1, 7A