HoopsHype Ettore Messina rumors


May 17, 2013 Updates

Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry is giving significant consideration to hiring the first European-born head coach in NBA history, sources told Yahoo! Sports. Ettore Messina, the Italian-born coach of CSKA Moscow, is among the top candidates to replace coach Larry Drew. Ferry and Messina have had contact about the possibility, and Messina is intrigued with the chance to be a global trail blazer in the NBA, sources told Y! Sports. Yahoo! Sports

November 2, 2012 Updates

Do you think he could succeed as a head coach over here if somebody would give him a shot? [Editor's note: Messina was a consultant with the Lakers last year.] Andrea Bargnani: Technically, he could really not succeed here because he is [very tough] on the players. Maybe to coach here he’d have to change a little bit because he’s very tough. National Post

September 2, 2012 Updates

Messina, who spent last season on Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike Brown’s staff, coach Shved when he first broke into the CSKA team, and has now returned to the 19-time Russian champion team. “Alexey has for sure the talent to play there. He’s probably at a good age to go there. I think they will ask him to use his creativity on the floor,” Messina said. “I think they will ask him to use his creativity on the floor. At the same time, I think they will ask him to become stronger physically because contact is a very big factor in the NBA.” RIA Novosti

July 11, 2012 Updates
July 10, 2012 Updates

Lakers assistant coach Quin Snyder has accepted a job as an assistant coach for CSKA Moscow, becoming the second person to leave Mike Brown’s staff this summer. Snyder will be the lead assistant under Ettore Messina, who served as a consultant with the Lakers last season before returning to CSKA Moscow for a second stint as the club’s head coach. Snyder, 44, drew interest from two NBA teams this off-season and was a finalist for the head coaching job in Charlotte. He was also being considered for the Orlando Magic vacancy. Los Angeles Times

July 9, 2012 Updates

Quin Snyder has decided to leave Mike Brown's staff with the Lakers to join Ettore Messina with CSKA Moscow as an assistant coach next season, a league source said Monday. Snyder and Messina spent last season together with the Lakers, after Brown was hired to replace the retired Phil Jackson in May 2011. Messina opted to return to Moscow, where he coached from 2005 to '09. Snyder was mentioned as a candidate for NBA head coaching vacancies in Charlotte and Orlando. Los Angeles Daily News

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June 23, 2012 Updates

Shved, also 24 years old, had a break out season and he is in talks with two NBA teams, according to sources from Russia. His decision to leave CSKA Moscow may have to do with his turbulent relationship with coach Ettore Messina from his previous tenure in the team. EuroHoops.net

June 19, 2012 Updates
June 12, 2012 Updates

There figures to be a lot of change for the Los Angeles Lakers this offseason after a second straight second-round disappointment in the playoffs. The first shoe to drop began with the coaching staff. Famed Italian coach Ettore Messina, who served as a coaching consultant to coach Mike Brown last season, is going back to Europe to coach CSKA Moscow, Messina told ESPNLosAngeles.com on Tuesday. ESPN.com

Fran Fraschilla: Ettore Messina leaves Lakers to take over CSKA Moscow again. Told me yesterday that if he were younger would stay in NBA in hopes of top job Twitter

Marcin Gortat: One of my dreams is to play for this coach one day! Ettore good luck in Moscow! I hope I will see u back where u belong soon.....NBA!!!!!!!! Twitter

June 11, 2012 Updates

In an interview released to Jot Down, Ettore Messina talked about his future, still between NBA and Europe. Messina spent the season in NBA with the Lakers as special assistant coach of Mike Brown. "Mitch Kupchak called me telling me: 'I've heard just great things on you and I've seen you at work. We would love to have you back with us next season'. It was a big pleasure for me. But I haven't decided yet. I have good offers from Europe and United States. I am evaluating all the proposals. When I signed in the NBA, I thought that my name would be forgotten, but this is not the case. I have never had so many offers as this season" said Ettore Messina. Sportando

June 3, 2012 Updates

Ettore Messina, where next? After claiming to posses the desire to coach again, the 52-year-old Italian native who spent the past season consulting Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers, is pursuing European coaching positions. After David Blatt re-signed with Maccabi Tel Aviv and Zeljko Obradovic said he's probably staying with Panathinaikos, Euroleague powerhouses CSKA Moscow and Fenerbahce Ulker are still in search of a sideline leader. Sportando

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