Which Euro would make the finest NBA coach?

Which Euro would make the finest NBA coach?


Which Euro would make the finest NBA coach?

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If there's finally going to be a European head coach in the NBA, the choice should come down to former Lakers assistant Ettore Messina of Italy and Boston-born Israeli David Blatt, according to the votes of 45 players currently competing in Europe.

Blatt and Messina, who has been mentioned as a candidate for jobs in Utah and L.A., combined for 33 first-place votes in a poll in which HoopsHype asked players – 14 of them with pro experience in the States – which Euro coaches would do best as No. 1 guys on an NBA bench.

Serbian legend Zeljko Obradovic, the winningest Euroleague coach ever with eight titles, came a distant third behind Blatt and Messina, with many players citing his brash style as something that wouldn't fly at all in the NBA.

"I don't see Obradovic there," a Euroleague center said. "Players would strike after two weeks. Too much yelling and b*tching. NBA is a players' league."

Check full results of the poll below.

1. Ettore Messina (CSKA Moscow) 16 17 5
2. David Blatt (Maccabi Tel Aviv) 17 14 6
3. Zeljko Obradovic (Fenerbahce) 6 4 10
4. Xavi Pascual (FC Barcelona) 3 2
5. Pablo Laso (Real Madrid) 1 1 4
6. Luca Banchi (Olimpia Milano) 2 3
7. Simone Pianigiani (Italy) 1 1
8. Dusan Ivkovic (Serbia) 2 1
9. Chris Fleming (Bamberg) 1 1
10. Ainars Bagatskis (Budivelnyk) 1
11. Svetislav Pesic (Bayern Munich) 2
11. Andrea Trinchieri (Unics Kazan) 2
13. Zan Tabak 1
13. Neven Spahija 1
13. Moncho Fernandez (Obradoiro) 1
16. Mathias Fischer (Telekom Baskets Bonn) 1
16. Igor Kokoskov (Cleveland) 1
16. Dusko Ivanovic (Bosnia-Herzegovina) 1
16. Jasmin Repesa (Cedevita Zagreb) 1
16. Evgeniy Pashutin (Lokomotiv Kuban) 1
16. Vincent Collet (Strasbourg) 1
16. Pini Gershon 1
16. Giorgios Bartzokas (Olympiakos) 1
16. Slaven Rimac (Cibona Zagreb) 1

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