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Pacers hire former Blazers video coordinator Kaleb Canales as assistant coach

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As the NBA world waits for official word on the start date of the 2020-21 NBA season, the Indiana Pacers are shoring up their coaching staff.  

The Pacers are hiring Kaleb Canales, who got his start in the NBA in Portland as an assistant coach, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Most recently Canales served as an assistant coach with the Knicks from 2018-20. He was on the Mavericks’ coaching staff from 2013-18 and was with the Trail Blazers starting in 2005 until 2013.

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Canales was first hired as a video intern for Portland in 2005, and then was eventually hired as the team's full-time video coordinator.

In 2009, he was promoted to an assistant coach for the Blazers.

The promotions didn’t stop there.

In 2010, Canales served as the Blazers' Summer League head coach and it was in March of 2012 when head coach Nate McMillan was let go and Canales became the youngest active head coach in the league.

As interim head coach for Portland for the remainder of the 2011-12 season, Canales was the first Mexican-American coach in NBA history.

He held an 8-15 overall record as interim HC at just 33 years old.

It was in May of 2013, when the now 42-year-old accepted an assistant coaching job with Dallas.