HoopsHype Ettore Messina rumors

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The speculation of Utah possibly hiring Ettore Messina definitely has legs. Messina, currently the head coach of CSKA Moscow, is well respected in the coaching fraternity and, more important, has a great rapport with some Utah front office officials. Racine Journal-Times

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After Mike D’Antoni’s resignation from the Lakers, Ettore Messina is mentioned even as a candidate for the coaching job in Los Angeles. So, it’s a fact that this is the last European season of coach Messina, but his main option at this point seems to be the top assistant of Gregg Popovich. According to Eurohoops sources close to the situation, Messina has already informed CSKA Moscow that he is leaving in the summer, despite having a contract for one more season. Don’t be surprised if CSKA just lets him walk and give him their blessings. The same thing happened in the past with Andrey Kirilenko and retired European star Thodoris Papaloukas. Both of them had contracts, but Kirilenko was able to return to the NBA late in the summer of 2012, even with his NBA out clause expired, and Papaloukas left for his home country, Greece, and Olympiacos in the summer of 2008, despite having two years left in his contract with Moscow. EuroHoops.net

Eric Pincus: Ettore Messina on Lakers "I am just glad if I left good memories of my season there. But I guess there is nothing more than that and it would be inappropriate to make any comment about the situation" Twitter @EricPincus

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Now the head coach with tonight’s exhibition opponent, CSKA Moscow, Messina indicated he’d jump at the opportunity to lead a team in the NBA. He also said he thinks it will be a “long time” before he or another qualified foreign coach gets the chance. “It doesn’t depend on you,” he said. “It depends on management, if they could trust you.” Said Popovich, “”A team just has to have guts.” San Antonio Express-News

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And if the owners are looking for someone “exotic,” they could go with Boston-born David Blatt, who is currently head coach of the Israeli pro team Maccabi Tel Aviv, or Italy’s Ettore Messina, currently coaching CSKA in Moscow and considered one of the top coaches in Europe. “There are five or six ‘names’ like Lionel Hollins and George Karl and Alvin Gentry and Scott Skiles,” a league source said. “Then you look at the younger guys — and there aren’t a lot of them that are hot names right now.” Boston Globe

June 15, 2013 Updates

Ettore Messina said that CSKA Moscow and San Antonio Spurs are trying to organiza an exhibition game in Texas next fall. "Manu Ginobili was one of my players with Kinder and I am still in contact with him. Then there is coach Gregg Popovich, whom I consider a friend" said Ettore Messina. Sportando

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