Kaleb Canales joined the Dallas Mavericks prior to the 2013-2014 season. He was responsible for coordinating the team's offense. He joined the Mavs after spending nine years working in various capacities for the Portland Trail Blazers.
Canales served as an assistant coach with Portland from 200-2009 to 2012-2013. He spent the final 23 games of 2011-2012 as interim head coach of the Trail Blazers. Named to that position on March 15, 2012, Canales, 33, at the time, was the youngest active head coach in the league and the 13th head coach of the Trail Blazers. His 8-15 mark at the helm was better than each of Portland's previous three interim coaches through 23 games (Stu Inman - 5-18 in 1971-1972, Rick Adelman - 7-16 in 1988-1989 and Kevin Pritchard - 3-20 in 2004-2005). The first Mexican-American head coach in NBA history, Canales was elected into the National Hispanic Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.
Canales joined the Trail Blazers as a video intern in 2004 and spent the next three seasons as the team's video coordinator. Prior to the 2008-2009 season, Canales continued his rise within the organization when he was promoted to assistant coach/video coordinator and was then promoted to assistant coach in September 2009.
Canales guided the Trail Blazers to a 4-1 mark as head coach of their summer league teams in 2001 and 2012. Before joining the Portland staff, Canales spent the 2003-2004 season at the University of Texas-Arlington as an assistant coach for the men's basketball program. n 2002-2003, Canales was an assistant coach for the boy's basketball team at United High School in Laredo, Texas.
Born in Laredo, Canales earned his master's degree in sports leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University and his bachelor's degree in kinesiology with a minor in Spanish from the University of Texas-Arlington. A coach at the NBA's 2011 Basketball Without Borders program in Brazil, Canales is the co-founder of Assist 13, a program committed to serving, contributing and developing youth in Laredo, Texas through basketball camps. Born July 7, 1978, Canales is the son of Victor and Alicia Canales, and has a sister, Chantall.