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New Blazers GM Olshey suggests Canales to remain coach

Kaleb Canales

Portland Trail Blazers head coach Kaleb Canales directs his team during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Thursday, April 26, 2012, in Salt Lake City. The Jazz won 96-94. (AP Photo/Jim Urquhart)


Neil Olshey came in to his first press conference as Trail Blazers general manager and said all the things Blazers fans wanted and you’d expect — we’re trying to re-tool not rebuild, we are in this to win for the long term, etc.

But there was one interesting thing — it sounds like interim coach Kaleb Canales will get to keep his job full time. Here is what he said, via the fantastic

“He’s the in-house favorite... At the end of the day, I don’t see anyone bringing more to the table than Kaleb Canales but we’re going to undergo a process to figure that out.”

“I don’t think there’s any deadline for when we need to have someone in place [as head coach].”

It should be noted Canales and Olshey have the same agent.

Things can change when a new GM comes in, but he seems to have a direction here.