Lakers Rumors: Ettore Messina To Get ‘Legit Look’ If Luke Walton Declines

Lakers Rumors: Ettore Messina To Get ‘Legit Look’ If Luke Walton Declines

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Coaching rumors surrounding the Los Angeles Lakers have been moving furiously since the team decided to fire Byron Scott. Among the numerous candidates rumored as possibilities for the position, Warriors assistant Luke Walton and Spurs assistant Ettore Messina seem to be emerging as favorites.

Both candidates are familiar with the franchise as Walton won two championships as a player while Messina served as on Mike Brown’s Lakers staff in 2011.

According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, Walton seems to be who the Lakers would prefer, but if they can’t get him to leave Golden State, Messina would get a serious look:

Stein notes that the Lakers’ are familiar with Messina and his time with the Spurs increases his appeal:

Messina is probably the least known of all the potential candidates, but he’s arguably the most accomplished as a four-time Euroleague Champion and two-time Euroleague Coach of the Year. Walton, meanwhile, has been on the radar of Lakers fans since he led the Warriors to a 39-4 start while Steve Kerr was recovering from surgery.

Both candidates seem like great hires and would bring a new voice into the Lakers organization. The Lakers reportedly want someone who can be great during recruiting pitches to free agents as well and if the team’s new coach can help attract a star player to L.A. it would be an even better summer than anyone could imagine.