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Report: Ettore Messina is a candidate for Nets' coaching position

By Zach Harper | NBA writer

WMikhail Prokhorov and Billy King will search for a new coach again.
Mikhail Prokhorov and Billy King will search for a new coach again. (USATSI)

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Jason Kidd has been "traded" to the Milwaukee Bucks for two second round picks and now the Brooklyn Nets are searching for a coach once again. Just a year after the Nets welcomed Kidd back to the organization, this time as a coach instead of their point guard, the team is now looking to find the right sideline leader to keep the expensive roster headed toward a title run.

The Nets could be looking toward the international coaching scene to replace Kidd. In addition to Mark Jackson, Lionel Hollins, and George Karl, they're reportedly looking at Ettore Messina, one of the more successful European coaches we've seen and a former consultant for the Los Angeles Lakers. ESPN.com reports he'll be in the running for the job and has deep ties to Nets' owner Mikhail Prokhorov.

Messina is a four-time Euroleague championship coach, including twice with CSKA Moscow in 2006 and 2008. Prokhorov used to be a financial supporter of CSKA Moscow's basketball club. In his championship seasons, Messina was named the Euroleague Coach of the Year. He spent a season with the Lakers as a consultant to then coach Mike Brown and the rest of the staff. After his season with the Lakers, he returned to Europe for a second stint with CSKA.

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