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Ettore Messina
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Name: Ettore Messina

Career Coaching Accolades: Euroleague champion (4x), Winners’ Cup champion, Euroleague Coach of the Year (2x), Italian League champion (4x), Italian Cup champion (4x), Russian League champion (5x), Russian Cup champion (2x), 50 Greatest Euroleague Contributors

Previous Stints: Virtus Bologna (Italy), Italy National Team, Benetton Treviso (Italy), CSKA Moscow (Russia), Real Madrid (Spain), Los Angeles Lakers – consultant role

In the past, discussion regarding the next head coach of the Lakers for the most part started and ended with Phil Jackson, but with Jackson now occupying a power position with the New York Knicks, that discussion is now all but irrelevant.

But how would the Laker Nation feel about a man that was once dubbed the “Phil Jackson of international basketball”?

The Lakers are rumored to be interested in Ettore Messina for their head coaching vacancy and for those concerned about his lack of experience in the NBA, from his reputation to the system of basketball he instills, Messina could be exactly what the team needs as it moves forward.

Hit the jump for why Ettore Messina would be a good hire for the Lakers.

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