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Trail Blazers coaching search down to two: Stotts, Canales

Aug 1, 2012, 9:51 PM EDT

Kaleb Canales AP

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.

  1. monkeyhateclean - Aug 1, 2012 at 10:54 PM

    As much money as Paul (Fatass) Allen has, trying to sell anyone on the POR head coaching job is like trying to sell stock in Farmville. Everyone may have heard of it, and has realized that there is no money to be had investing in it. Even POR internet nerds.

    LMA is the only POR player with a chance to play up to his contract. Even if Allen finds a coach who actually believes that Batum can be a #2 on an NBA playoff team (which he never will be), that’s still a lot of guaranteed cheddar for a player who consistently disappears.

    Keep riding your bikes while the rest of the country doesn’t offer you any of our tax money to help you rebuild when your city falls prey to the next earthquake/tidal wave/hurricane event.

  2. cbking05 - Aug 2, 2012 at 2:26 AM

    Not in the mouth … Disgusting

  3. blazin211 - Aug 2, 2012 at 7:00 AM

    Terry Stotts is a failure as a head coach history shows it. He’s much better as an assistant coach where he belongs

  4. hannsta - Aug 2, 2012 at 2:31 PM first I assumed Canales was just in the running to make him look better to help him land a job in the future, since the FO made it clear they like him…Now it looks like this whole process is to legitmize him..I just hope he has a system ready to set up and not Nates old system again. If a video cordinator is gonna be our HC it only seems logical they make a couch-coach, specifally.. me, the assistant!

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