HoopsHype Ettore Messina rumors

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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May 27, 2011 Updates

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

May 26, 2011 Updates

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

May 25, 2011 Updates

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

May 13, 2011 Updates

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