Originally posted on Project Spurs  |  Last updated 4/24/12
The story sounds like one that you'd see in a movie. Going from a 5'11" power forward in Laredo to the head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers by the age of 33 is almost stranger than fiction, but it's all too true.Blazers head coach Kaleb Canales, the first ever Mexican-American head coach in the NBA, made it there through hard work and perseverance. After graduating from UT-Arlington and spending time as an assistant coach at a few Laredo high schools and at Virginia Commonwealth University, Canales caught a break and picked an internship in the video department with the Blazers.In the early days with the Blazers, it was all work and very little play for Canales. He would rarely would leave their facility when he was working. Canales even brought a pillow and blanket to the facility knowing he would put in a lot of long nights. One season, Canales figured out he had spent 144 nights sleeping on the couches at work.It took him eight years, and the firing of Nate McMil...
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