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San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Ettore Messina told La Gazzetta dello Sport that he is interested in becoming head coach in the NBA. “I am seriously thinking about that but I’d ask first Pop and Buford for advices. At the same time I am very happy with the Spurs. I have two years left on my contract with the Spurs. Maybe I finish my contract and I will go back home peacefully” said Messina who had some interviews with the Hawks before they hired Mike Budenholzer. “I made all the interviews with their GM Danny Ferry who showed a big interest in me. Then they rigthly hired Mike Budenholzer who comes from Spurs’ school” added Messina. Sportando

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Marc Stein: Early fave for OKC job clearly Billy Donovan but word in coaching circles is that Spurs assistant coach Ettore Messina is on Thunder's list Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

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Messina, who is also a very decorated basketball coach, described how he views Pop’s coaching and managerial style now that he is working side-by-side with him on his personal blog. Here is what Messina had to say. What’s interesting is that he always pushes his coaching staff to argue with him. Sometimes he reminds me one of those Greek philosophers, the sophists, who tried to find the truth through arguments. He really encourages discussion and variety of opinions, seeing them as a means to improve as a unit. ProjectSpurs.com

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Messina made the first adjustment during his unofficial apprenticeship with the Spurs in 2011: Freeing his mind of the stereotypes about the NBA that prevailed among European players, coaches and fans. “Honestly, you find it is much more different from what we think in Europe,” Messina said. “It's completely different. We think we work hard in practice (in Europe) and in the NBA, they don't do anything; that they don't practice. Then you find out, first of all, that there is a lot of individual work; a lot of player development. I found when I was here that all players work a lot on their skills; that good coaches teach them, work them, whatever.” San Antonio Express-News

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