May 3, 2013
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Former UT Arlington men's basketball assistant Kaleb Canales has joined the Dallas Mavericks staff as an assistant coach to Rick Carlisle. Canales, 34, graduated from UT Arlington with a degree in kinesiology.
Canales served as both an interim head coach and assistant with the Blazers. Canales worked with current UTA coach Scott Cross during his time in Arlington.
"This is such a great opportunity for Kaleb," Cross said. "He's one of the best people I've ever met and one of my best friends. For me personally, it feels like we've signed a great player.
"He's full of passion and energy, and I can see why Coach Carlisle would want Kaleb on his staff. I'm going to be there all the time and I hope he can become more involved with us here at UT Arlington."
Canales replaces retiring Dallas assistant Jim O'Brien. Carlisle released the following statement:
"On April 16, Jim O'Brien informed me that he would be retiring from coaching when our season was over. Jim said he loved working in the Mavs organization, but being away from family made his decision easy. I consider Jim O'Brien a great basketball man of high integrity and thank him for everything he taught me, my staff and our players this past season.
"We are fortunate that Kaleb Canales became available and had interest in joining the Mavs organization. Kaleb has worked for the Portland Trailblazers organization in multiple capacities for the last nine years, and brings great knowledge, enthusiasm and work ethic to the Mavs. He will join Monte Mathis and Tony Brown on the bench and take over in Coach O'Brien's capacity of coordinating our offense."
Canales said in a statement: "At this time, I am excited to have the opportunity to join the Dallas Mavericks."
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