Blazers’ Canales: ‘A special time for us’
Before leading the Trail Blazers through his first organized shootaround as a head coach, Kaleb Canales gathered the entire team inside the circle that surrounds center court at the United Center and asked them to do one thing:
In one of those you-had-to-see-it-to-believe-it moments, the Blazers played with poise, heart and joy that hasn’t been seen in some time en route to an improbable 100-89 defeat of the Chicago Bulls before a sellout crowd of 22,022 Friday night.
“Just a special time for us as a team, as an organization and as a family,” said Canales, the first Mexican-American to coach in the NBA. “All the credit goes to those guys in the locker room for holding it together and, obviously, this is a special win because of … everything that’s been going on.”
Afterward, in a jubilant postgame locker room, multiple Blazers said they couldn’t remember the last time they had more fun. And it showed.