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Trail Blazers coaching search down to two: Stotts, Canales

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)


Steve Clifford and Elston Turner, you are excused.

The drawn out Portland Trail Blazers coaching search is down to two men — former Hawks head coach Terry Stotts and recent Blazers coach Kalab Canales. That according to Jason Quick at the Oregonian.

Canales and Stotts will interview with Blazers owner Paul Allen once he returns from the Olympics in London.

Now, if one were cynical, one would note that both coaching finalists are clients of agent Warren LeGarie, same as GM Neil Olshey. But I’m sure that was a coincidence. That kind of favoritism would never otherwise happen in the NBA. Never.

Whoever takes over gets to coach an interesting rebuilding project in a bike-friendly, microbrew-loving town.