Ettore Messina Rumors
Marc J. Spears: Grizzlies have received permission to interview Spurs assistant coach Ettore Messina for head coach opening, a source told @TheUndefeated.
Memphis has started reaching out to teams to obtain permission to interview candidates, and league sources told The Vertical that part of the franchise’s working list of coaches includes former Phoenix Suns coach Jeff Hornacek, San Antonio assistant Ettore Messina, Charlotte Hornets associate head coach Patrick Ewing, Portland assistant Nate Tibbets and Miami Heat assistant David Fizdale, league sources said.
Sources close to the situation say the Kings’ top basketball executive – who has placed a gag order on himself and everyone within his front office – is methodically inquiring about, speaking with, or formally interviewing the last of almost two dozen current assistants or former head coaches. His initial attempts to speed up the process, perhaps hire a coach before leaving midweek for the annual predraft camp in Chicago, halted abruptly with the recent firings of Joeger and Vogel, along with Divac’s ongoing attempt to squeeze in a meeting with San Antonio assistant Ettore Messina during the Spurs-Oklahoma City postseason matchup.