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jeffb 03-19-2011 04:41 PM

Messina may look at being an assistant coach in the NBA

There are very few clubs that have the budget and ambition to help Messina fulfill his vision for how a team should be built. If he can't find a promising offer to remain in Europe next year, he may be open to spending a season or two on an NBA bench, where he could learn a new perspective while also providing his team with different strategies. In the meantime, Messina plans to accept an invitation from San Antonio to spend eight days with the Spurs -- and his former star at Bologna, Manu Ginobili -- later this month.

"I'm really excited to see a couple of practices, some games, watch some films with the team, and of course to see Manu," Messina said. "I've never had the opportunity to see Manu during the season."
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Rimpianto 03-19-2011 06:37 PM

I think the plan is a couple of years training and then he'll be ready to be a HC in the NBA (although I think he's already there).

MARTYNAS 03-19-2011 08:14 PM

Best Euro coaches are better than most of NBA coaches. Actually, i think only Popovic is clearly better coach, only him.
Why say ''already there'', it's like stages or what? Euro basketball is more tactical than NBA, NBA is not the hardest stage to a coach.

Rimpianto 03-19-2011 09:36 PM

What I mean is that for me he's already more than capable of coaching an NBA team
and I totally agree with you about his qualities.
But the NBA is not made only by qualities, is made of status, money, media perception, money, fans reactions, money etc etc.
We all know that many in NBA consider Euro players soft only for being European and
I think this kind of biased misperception would also translate for an HC, expecially because I think 10% of NBA fans know about Euroleague.
From my point of view being an assistant coach for a couple of years is not for learning the technical aspect of the game, he can teach it to many in the NBA, but to learn the different situations, attitude of media and fans and to let people get used to have european coaches.
Just think that here on this board at the mention of Ettore coming to the NBA somebody started questioning if he's capable of speaking english. It's pretty brutal imho but it express the kind of welcome he's going to have.

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