Ettore Messina Rumors
According to multiple sources, some high profile international candidates are being or have been considered. David Blatt, an American who coached the Russian national team as well as the Cleveland Cavaliers, was first choice but may have pulled out due to back problems. Former Italian national team head coach and San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Ettore Messina is also being interviewed. A complicating factor? Financial challenges at Canada Basketball mean that the money being offered for the role is minimal or perhaps not even more than an honorarium covering expenses.
Still, he is encouraged by the progress of the team under Budenholzer, who was Edens’ first choice. Lasry was advocating for Spurs assistant coach Ettore Messina but eventually realized that hiring a coach with previous NBA head coaching experience was the prudent decision. “Wes said, ‘Let’s not risk it,’ and he was right,” Lasry said. “You can’t have an organization where no one makes a decision. He has the final say.” When the Bucks’ season ends, Lasry will have the final say when he replaces Edens on the Board of Governors.
For the fourth consecutive year, the Warriors’ chief defensive strategist was chosen by vote of 30 general managers as the best assistant coach in the league. Adams received 17 percent of the vote, ahead of San Antonio’s Ettore Messina, who finished second with 13 percent. “It’s gratifying when anyone recognizes your work,” Ron Adams told NBC Sports Bay Area after practice Thursday. “But I’m always amused by it because there are so many great coaches out there, not only head coaches but also some really, really talented assistant coaches. It’s nice when the support people get some attention.”
FIBA absorbed a hearty and widespread backlash — with yours truly chief among the dismayed — when it adopted a soccer-style qualifying format for the next World Cup and beyond. The criticism largely stems from the fact that the N.B.A. was never going to consent to building soccer-style “international breaks” into its schedule, meaning that the best players in the world would take no part in determining the field for basketball’s answer to the soccer frenzy underway in Russia. As Ettore Messina, the San Antonio assistant and former Italian national team coach, so expertly summarized it in November, this format essentially forces even the most successful basketball federations out there to assemble a separate roster for qualifying that, in Messina’s words, will ultimately be told: “Thank you. Now the real players are coming in to go to China.”
With the Finals in the rear-view mirror and the NBA off-season officially underway, the Toronto Raptors are entering the final stages of their month-long search for a new head coach. The belief, according to sources, is that the team has narrowed it down to two leading candidates – Toronto assistant Nick Nurse and San Antonio Spurs assistant Ettore Messina – with a decision expected to come this week or next.
Nurse, one of the first to be interviewed by Raptors president Masai Ujiri and general manager Bobby Webster, was seen as an early frontrunner and has been an internal favourite for the job throughout. Messina made a strong impression on the Raptors brass when he met with them late last month and was in Toronto for a second interview on Thursday, league sources confirm to TSN.