The Lakers have hired Ettore Messina as a coaching consultant according to General Manager Mitch Kupchak.
Messina spent the last two years as the head coach of the Spanish League Club, Real Madrid. Before coaching Real Madrid, Messina was head coach of CSKA Moscow from 2005-2009. He led the team to two Euroleague Championships in 2006 and 2008, and four Russian SuperLeague titles from 2006-2009.
“I am honored to have received this opportunity from one of the greatest basketball organizations in the world,” said Messina. “I have great respect for Coach Mike Brown and I’m excited to work with him and his staff.”
Messina is a native of Catania, Italy, and will help Brown as a consultant for the upcoming season.