Canales settles into new role with the Blazers

ANNE M. PETERSON AP Sports Writer Published:

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- It is said that Kaleb Canales spends so much time at the Trail Blazers' practice facility that he's got a bedroom there.

Truth is, Canales sleeps many nights on a couch in the building. But rest has been rare recently for Portland's new interim head coach, who started with the team in 2004 as an unpaid intern.

Canales became the NBA's first Mexican-American head coach when he took over for Nate McMillan, who was dismissed last week following six-plus years at the helm of the Blazers.

Also the youngest head coach in the league at 33, Canales assumes a team in disarray. After a promising start to the season, the Blazers have withered with losses in nine of their last 12 games.