HoopsHype Ettore Messina rumors

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There are a lot of talks now about the big differences in NBA basketball and European basketball. What can NBA coach learn from Europeans? Brown: NBA basketball is really different from European basketball. We have such talented players as Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Allen Iverson, Carmelo Anthony. You can give those guys the ball and ask them to create an offence for you. In Europe you don’t necessary have those type of talent plus you can play a true zone so it’s horror to have one person be able to create an offence for you. In Europe they pass better, they move the ball better, they set the screens better, the spacing is better. They have to relay upon being technically correct offensively in order to score. So for me to be able to come and try to pick up some of the spacing techniques, some of the ball movement techniques, some of the screening techniques, some of the motion techniques on offence I feel will help me to become better. cskabasket.com

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On the heels of his agreement to join the Los Angeles Lakers staff as head coach (still unofficial, technically), Mike Brown may bring in Italian coach Ettore Messina as an assistant. Messina is considered one of the top European coaches but he's been looking to break into the NBA for some time now. Messina coached Virtus Bologna to two Euroleague titles (1998 & 2001, the latter with star Manu Ginobili). He also ran Benetton Treviso and CSKA Moscow (winner of Euroleague title in 2006 and 2008). Most recently he was the head coach for Real Madrid. HoopsWorld

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On the heels of his agreement to join the Los Angeles Lakers staff as head coach (still unofficial, technically), Mike Brown may bring in Italian coach Ettore Messina as an assistant. Messina is considered one of the top European coaches but he's been looking to break into the NBA for some time now. Messina coached Virtus Bologna to two Euroleague titles (1998 & 2001, the latter with star Manu Ginobili). He also ran Benetton Treviso and CSKA Moscow (winner of Euroleague title in 2006 and 2008). HoopsWorld

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Rubio has had a difficult season, by his high standards. He averaged 6.5 points (including 22.4 percent on 49 attempts from the three-point line) and 3.5 assists (assists being far more difficult to earn statistically in Europe than in the NBA), and his team wasn't able to repeat its championship form of last season. His future in the NBA remains a contentious subject, with the Timberwolves holding stubbornly to his draft rights in hope of signing him next season. Among the NBA people who believed in him when he was a hotter prospect, I haven't found any who don't continue to think he'll be excellent in the wide-open NBA style. That view is affirmed by former Real Madrid coach Ettore Messina. "I like him a lot," said Messina. "He is struggling a little bit, he did not have a consistent season, and his shot has not improved as he hoped. His minutes went down a little bit. But this is the season before he goes to the NBA and that's why I expected it to be a difficult season for him, and even in this difficult season his quotes always showed him to be a mature kid. SI.com

March 19, 2011 Updates

Through the eyes of Ettore Messina. Long regarded as the best coach outside North America, is Messina now free to pursue a career in the NBA? If so, he insists he would come to the NBA to serve as nothing more than an assistant coach. "It would be interesting," Messina said Wednesday from Spain, where he shocked European basketball by resigning as coach of Real Madrid two weeks ago. "But I need first of all to see if I could be a good assistant after many years of not being an assistant. And then it would have to be made clear that I am not going there to steal anybody's job." SI.com

Messina does not delude himself about becoming an NBA coach. Whenever the topic has come up over the years, he has shot it down quickly by referring to the fundamental differences between the leagues of Europe and the NBA. "It might be an interesting opportunity," said Messina, a 51-year-old Italian who speaks excellent English. "A few years ago I didn't see it like this, but now, getting older, you understand. You see it differently because experience gives you a different point of view." SI.com

There are very few clubs that have the budget and ambition to help Messina fulfill his vision for how a team should be built. If he can't find a promising offer to remain in Europe next year, he may be open to spending a season or two on an NBA bench, where he could learn a new perspective while also providing his team with different strategies. In the meantime, Messina plans to accept an invitation from San Antonio to spend eight days with the Spurs -- and his former star at Bologna, Manu Ginobili -- later this month. SI.com

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