HoopsHype Ettore Messina rumors

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Ettore Messina: I have to admit that before coming over here I, like many fellow Europeans, wrongly believed that we were much better shooters as compared to NBA guys. The truth is shooting percentages here are mostly the result of outstanding athleticism and savvy of the defenders. Otherwise, if you give an average player an open shot, he’ll hit it with the same consistency as your European guy. Sports.ru

Ettore Messina: Finally, there’s no avoiding the fact that we’re going through a special season in terms of importance of every single game. You know this common European perception that regular season NBA games sometimes lack intensity with players sleepwalking through the first two or three quarters? Well, you don’t see anything like that in a 66-game season. Every game is important. Every loss can affect your chances of making playoffs or getting a high enough seed for a long postseason run. And with the Lakers having a new head coach, new staff and new system, there’s no time for complacency. Everybody realizes we need to have a good season. I haven’t seen a single game so far where the intensity level wasn’t at its max from minute one, and one can assume it’ll only get tougher and more intense as we approach the end of the regular season and the start of the play-offs. Sports.ru

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After earning a status as one of the most successful coaches of the last 15 years in Europe, Ettore Messina was hired this summer by the Los Angeles Lakers as an assistant coach. Messina is known for his charismatic and irrepressible attitude on the bench but has also the gift of self-irony outside the court. A few days ago, he spoke about leadership in a conference on sport business and digressed on the first challenges of his new life as a Laker. “The other day I was on the phone with the Lakers staff, asking advice on where I should get a house,” said Messina. “I was told some people prefer living close to the practice facilities; others, like Kobe, live further away. Sometimes, in order not to challenge the incredible L.A. traffic, Kobe even comes to practice by helicopter. “At that point I thought: ‘This guy makes $25 million and comes to practice by helicopter – What am I supposed to say to him? “Down with that ass, bend your knees”?’” Ball In Europe

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The Los Angeles Lakers finally made official the hiring of Ettore Messina as "Coaching Consultant" to Head Coach Mike Brown. "I am honored to have received this opportunity from one of the greatest basketball organizations in the world," said Messina in a statement released by the team. "I have great respect for Coach Mike Brown and I'm excited to work with him and his staff." Sportando

July 8, 2011 Updates

Kevin Ding: Lakers officially sign new Mike Brown consultant Ettore Messina, named one of Euroleague's 10 greatest all-time coaches in '08. Twitter

The Los Angeles Lakers later on Friday will officially announce that famed Italian head coach Ettore Messina is to join Mike Brown's coaching staff. Messina, who is currently tutoring at former Italy international Carlton Myers' basketball camp in San Patrigano, near Rimini, will serve as a consultant to Brown, the successor of Phil Jackson. Myers has no doubt that the coach who accomplished just about everything he could in Europe will also succeed across the Atlantic. FIBA.com

July 3, 2011 Updates

Now you leave the European basketball to be Mike Brown's assistant coach with the Lakers. You will become the first European coach in the NBA. Ettore Messina: The truth is that there has not been any official announcement, so it's difficult for me to talk about that. However, it looks like I could be in this new experience. AS.com

June 21, 2011 Updates

Philadelphia's Quin Snyder, who was in charge of player development with the 76ers last season, met with Brown last Thursday, much of the conversation about the offense, the official said. Chuck Person, the only holdover from Phil Jackson's staff, has interviewed several times with Brown about a position on the staff, the official said. It already has been reported that former Detroit Pistons coach John Kuester and former Moscow CSKA coach Ettore Messina are also expected to join Brown's staff, but nothing has become official. Los Angeles Times

June 20, 2011 Updates

Brown has already hired famed Italian coach Ettore Messina to serve as a coaching consultant and likewise intends to hire John Kuester, recently fired by the Detroit Pistons, to focus on the Lakers' offense as Kuester did when he coached under Brown in Cleveland. ESPN.com

June 5, 2011 Updates

Italian Coach Ettore Messina has agreed to work for the L.A. Lakers on Coach Mike Brown's staff. According to Zeno Pisani of Rivista Ufficiale NBA, Italy, a deal was agreed to on Friday. Pisani notes Messina will serve as "consultant to the head coach" in a full-time position. It would seem Messina will help Brown in a similar capacity that Tex Winter served former Laker Coach Phil Jackson. HoopsWorld

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