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Blazers GM promises “exhaustive” search for new head coach

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When he first took the job, new Trail Blazers general manager Neil Olshey called interim Portland coach Kaleb Canales the “in-house favorite” for the job.

That was just Olshey being polite.

The reality is the search is wide open and Canales should be polishing his resume. Here is what Olshey told the Columbian.

Olshey didn’t speak specifically, but he did say Monday that the search would be “exhaustive” and that there are “guys we’re targeting.” Could Canales be one of those guys? Sure. But while much of the public may have thought this anyway, it doesn’t quite appear to be his job to lose.

Smart money suggests the usual suspects — Brian Shaw, Mike Malone, and Patrick Ewing — will get a look, as well as some veteran coaches. Mike Dunlap is off the market, but my guess is that doesn’t concern Portland too much. Expect this to be a little quieter search than the Bobcats did, as well.

Matt Barnes says he went to house because his son looked distressed

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So far, the only substantive accounts of the Matt Barnes-Derek Fisher altercation have come from anonymous sources.

The Knicks coach has deflected questions.

But Barnes is giving his account, at least of the lead-up.

Ramona Shelburne of ESPN:

It’s completely understandable that Barnes would act to ensure his children’s welfare.

And let’s say everything he said is true. It still leaves important questions unanswered.

Did Barnes – as he reportedly texted a friend he did – beat up Fisher and spit on his estranged wife, Gloria Govan? If so, why did Barnes deem that necessary to protect kids?

Gregg Popovich resting himself for Spurs game at Sacramento

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Gregg Popovich said he wouldn’t coach in July.

Apparently, he’s taking off part of October, too.

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports:

It’s not that surprising to see Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Boris Diaw staying home. Veterans miss preseason games all the time just to rest. With the Spurs, it happens even in the regular season.

But it’s still a little strange to see the head coach sit out, even though Popovich also did it last year.

It makes sense, though. Who cares about this preseason game? If travelling less helps the 66-year-old Popovich stay fresh in the years ahead, that’s well worth it. Plus, it gets Messina a little extra experience. Some day, he might be the head coach.