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Lakers Rumors: Ettore Messina More Likely To Land With Spurs Than Lakers Reviewed by Momizat on . With Mike D'Antoni now out of the picture, the Los Angeles Lakers will look to hire a new head coach before next season with no shortage of viable candidates. O With Mike D'Antoni now out of the picture, the Los Angeles Lakers will look to hire a new head coach before next season with no shortage of viable candidates. O Rating: 0
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Lakers Rumors: Ettore Messina More Likely To Land With Spurs Than Lakers

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With Mike D’Antoni now out of the picture, the Los Angeles Lakers will look to hire a new head coach before next season with no shortage of viable candidates. One of those candidates is a familiar face as a special consultant to Mike Brown when he was with the Lakers.

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Italian basketball legend Ettore Messina has informed CSKA Moscow that he won’t return and as a result, has been mentioned as a legitimate candidate to replace D’Antoni in Los Angeles. Although Messina has been named as an option for the Lakers, the former Lakers consultant may be more likely to join Greg Popovich’s staff in San Antonio according to Nikos Varlas of Eurohoops.net:

After Mike D’Antoni’s resignation from the Lakers, Ettore Messina is mentioned even as a candidate for the coaching job in Los Angeles. So, it’s a fact that this is the last European season of coach Messina, but his main option at this point seems to be the top assistant of Gregg Popovich.

Well before D’Antoni chose to resign, the rumors had been circulating about his potential replacement. Messina is one of many that have been mentioned as a candidate to be the Lakers next coach following the resignation, but he’s certainly not the biggest name on the list.

Among the candidates being mentioned are Byron Scott, George Karl, Jeff Van Gundy, Lionel Hollins, Kurt Rambis, Kevin Ollie, John Calipari and Derek Fisher.

Although Calipari has since downplayed any chance of taking the job, all the other names are all still in play with the coaching search in full swing for the Lakers. Scott and Ollie may be at the top of the list of candidates, but the storied franchise will likely take their time to evaluate their options.

Another possibility is luring Tom Thibodeau from the Chicago Bulls. Thibodeau is still under contract in Chicago, but the Lakers are expected to ask permission to talk to him.
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  • Mitch

    The Lakers are only and strictly interested in the top 5 coaches in the NBA/NCAA!

  • Mitch

    Nothing against this guy with the European name but HELL NO!

    • Zimmeredge

      You clearly dońt Know anything about european basket ball or bball at all…
      Popovich one of the best if not the best coach in the history regarding How to play the game well and win wants him in SA and you’re answer for the Lakers is “hell no”. He can teach more than he can learn to the nba and ncaa coach. He is a world-class coach reference. The guy has so much success and is so gifted at coaching that he is making coaching video tapes, conferences to teach and educate coaches throughout the world etc… Learn your ground when you speak about a basketball coaching legend….
      You can’t refuse that kind of résumé and say no to one of the most successful coach in the history. You can’t refuse messina….

      • Robert J. Carmack

        The Lakers don’t need a Teacher… we need more rings..NBA Rings!! Championships are earned by DEFENSE & REBOUNDS, Offense with come from that . 16 Rings & Banners… I say Hell NO too!

        • Zimmeredge

          Messina is a prooven winner. Learn your ground too…

      • glenicide

        Pop is a great coach, but not the greatest of all time. Keep smoking that pipe.

        • Zimmeredge

          You live in a weird world full of denial

  • Adrian

    Luke Walton is in the running I think, he’s been analyzing a lot of lakers games and he’s gotten a lot of screen time talking about what he would if he was dantoni. He’s defenders assistant coach right and always said he had best basketball I.q. In the game when he was playing.

    • lakers_824

      Please tell me ur joking

    • Lacosta

      Adrian, what are you smoking dude?

    • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

      Luke Walton could be a very good coach I think. His voice is no good for TV, but he knows basketball.

    • Robert J. Carmack

      don’t be obtuse!

      • Chrmngblly

        Don’t undersell Luke. He is a smart cookie and well respected everywhere—just not as a basketball player…:-)

  • Zimmeredge

    Ettore Messina a consultant for Mike Brown… smh on this. there’s something wrong about this.

    • metalbass

      mike brown is a joke

      • Zimmeredge

        Messina could teach him basketball yeah

      • Chrmngblly

        Mike Brown had dueling advisors, one for every day of the week, almost. Messina was one of them.

  • Pedro m

    Of spa in : extorne Messina Washington at Madrid coaching real Madrid and Was a complete disaster.. You can see in the spanish press of that y era . Bad carácter and irascible. He Was fired. ¡¡¡¡¡

  • Lakers4Life

    Steve Kerr is a strong cadidate as well. Whatever the choice we have nothing to worry about, as long as it’s not Dumbtoni.

  • J Taylor

    Messina is an offensive genius. BUT, giving the EuroLeague Transplant his first NBA Head Coaching job would be a mistake.
    - I’d LOVE to see him as an Assistant!

    • Chrmngblly

      Assistant to Derek Fisher, if Kevin Ollie is not available, possibly.

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