Blazer’s Coach Kaleb Canales Wrote Erik Spoelstra A Letter Every Week For A Year

  • Jason Whitney

We hear it all the time, “Never give up.” Portland Trail Blazers interim head coach, Kaleb Canales, understands that adage. Talk about persistence, according to Brian Windhorst, Canales wrote Coach Spo a letter a week for a year in hopes of landing an internship position.

Coach Canales may never get another opportunity to coach again after this condensed season, but I’m sure if you ask him, his perseverance has paid off.

Kaleb Canales started off his coaching career as a high school assistant, before landing a gig at Texas-Arlington college. Canales eventually would land on with the Portland Trail Blazers as the team’s video coordinator. Shortly after, he would be promoted to assistant coach, while serving as the coach for the Blazers NBA Summer League Team. After seemingly a long journey, he is now the NBA’s youngest head coach.

Here is the Tweet from Brian Windhorst:

“Erik Spoelstra told me new Blazer coach Kaleb Canales wrote him a letter every week for a year trying to get internship 7 years ago.”

— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) March 17, 2012

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