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Report: Lakers hire Ettore Messina

Posted on: June 6, 2011 12:38 pm
Edited on: June 6, 2011 12:55 pm
 
Posted by Royce Young

Legendary Euroleague coach Ettore Messina is finally making his way to the NBA. Via HoopsWorld, Messina will join Mike Brown's staff with the Lakers in a full-time consultant role.

If that doesn't make sense, just picture sort of what Tex Winter was on Phil Jackson's staff. Not exactly an assistant, but someone helping make decisions and get things figured out.

Messina has twice been named Euroleague Coach of the Year -- in 2006 and 2008 with CSKA Moscow -- and earned a similar honor in the Italian League six times.

He started with the Italian team Virtus Bologna, coaching from 1989-2002 and winning the Euroleague title in 1998 and 2001 while also making it to the title game in 1999 and 2002. He then replaced Mike D'Antoni, who was leaving to be an assistant with the Phoenix Suns, as the head coach of Benetton Treviso of the Italian League. He led Benetton to the title game in 2003. Next, he left Italy to take the reins of CSKA Moscow, winning titles in 2006 and 2008. Most recently he was the head coach of Spanish League team Real Madrid during the 2009-10 season.

He's long been considered for a position in the NBA, but his lack of experience in the NBA always had a question mark by his name. Clearly he's ready to at least start trying to make a way in the NBA.  He was a finalist for the Toronto Raptors position but the team went with Jay Triano.

Messina is an offensive-minded coach that will likely become Brown's go-to guy in that department. It's very like recently fired Detroit coach John Kuester will be the team's "offensive coordinator" but Messina's focus will also be on that end. Other names linked to the Lakers staff are Chuck Person, Tim Grgurich and Mike Malone.
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Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: June 7, 2011 12:16 pm
 

Report: Lakers hire Ettore Messina

There has been a change in Pau, he has bulked up since he was signed by the Lakers. He works out good for the Lakers. We do not need to trade Pau for any reason.

Last year if was we don’t have a good bench to win another championship. The year before was the same thing get rid or Farmer and the rest of the bench.

Finally Mitch got rid of the bench that was instrumental in getting us back to back championships. The current bench failed in getting us what the other bench did twice.

Now all are speaking of Pau as if he was not instrumental in helping the team to two back to back championships.

How many of you that advocated getting rid of the former bench mob, have came on these threads and admitted they were wrong in their assessment of the bench.  NONE

Everyone want a change but offer no reason for a change. One off season or mistake is cause for everyone to then come out and say this or that player was over rated. See I told you so. They might have scored 20 points and 8 rebounds in 4 consecutive games, but one night scored 15 points and 4 rebounds.

Then out come the haters, see I told you he was over rated, we now need____________.

I can remember the call for the trading of Drew for Jason Kidd. Mitch was right not to accept that trade.

We need a team with chemistry and have played together for awhile. This team might have a good bench, but no chemistry exist and the once used triangle was a difficult offense to learn.

Trading and turning over a team every two years is not the way to winning a team sport.

Pau will be good within the offense and defensive we would use in the coming season. He has been there for the current run on the NBA championship, NBA finals 3 years. Other teams would like to be in the playoffs l3 years let along being in the finals three years running and winning the last two.

We are fortunate in Los Angeles to have an owner such as Jerry Buss and now his son Jim. They put effort into winning championships without regard to salary cap restrictions.

The fans go out of their way to seek other players from other teams. I hear we need Howard., Chris Paul, Westwood and others. The ones I hear the most all have one thing in common.  They have never won a NBA championship. The current players we have did it twice.


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Since: Jun 26, 2009
Posted on: June 7, 2011 10:55 am
 

Report: Lakers hire Ettore Messina

I'm not hating Kobe, Im cheering Pau, who is one of my favourite players. There's a lot of difference



Since: Jun 26, 2009
Posted on: June 7, 2011 10:52 am
 

Report: Lakers hire Ettore Messina

He shot badly all the series, not just that night...



Since: Jun 7, 2011
Posted on: June 7, 2011 10:52 am
 

Report: Lakers hire Ettore Messina

kobe puts it all out there every night injuries and all! just wish u haters would stop looking for any little thing to put him down. He's been in the league 15 years, helped the team to 5 championships, scored 81 points in a game that they needed everyone of those points to win, and when he losing he shakes everybodys hand like a pro! but u haters keep bashing him for the same few things. all your hating wont stop the fact that He WILL go down as one of the greatest to ever play the game!



Since: Jun 7, 2011
Posted on: June 7, 2011 10:45 am
 

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That "soft" player ur mentioning here had a bad shooting night after a long tuff series against the best defense in the league. so what did mister soft do? how about fifteen rebounds from the shooting guard position along w/ great defense in general and made almost all his late free throws. pau for mvp? ha. they wouldn't have even been there if not for kobe! stop hating and watch the games!!!!! 



Since: Jun 26, 2009
Posted on: June 7, 2011 8:33 am
 

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If Gasol hadn't been spanish, he would have been named MVP od the finals the last 2 years...
Anyway I don't know why you are calling "soft" coach Ettore Messina, as you have probably never seen him before...



Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: June 7, 2011 8:06 am
 

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Another hater...I have never heard that one before that KB24 is soft...anyway, if you can't see that Gasol is soft on the defensive end then you must not watch too much basketball.  I am aware that Gasol has been a key part in the Lakers championships.  Still, the guy is the Pillsbury dough boy when it comes time to stopping someone.



Since: Jun 26, 2009
Posted on: June 7, 2011 4:34 am
 

Report: Lakers hire Ettore Messina

That "soft" player is the reason why you won the last 2 rings. What about that soft player who shot 6/24 in the decisive game last year?



Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: June 7, 2011 12:25 am
 

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I am not sure that the Lakers need a soft European offensive minded head coach.  We already have a soft offensive minded European power forward.



Since: Jun 26, 2009
Posted on: June 6, 2011 6:37 pm
 

Report: Lakers hire Ettore Messina

Messina is a hihgly competent coach. He won a lot here in europe and with a lot of different teams. It'll take a while to get used to nba basketball, which we all know is quite different from FIBA basketball, but his skills will eventually come out. I think he has all the guts to become lakers head coach after Mike Brown will get fired.


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