The Atlanta Hawks are looking at head coaching candidates even though they haven’t fired Larry Drew yet. There is a name that has popped up during this search that is very interesting if not odd to me. The name Ettore Messina has arisen as a potential candidate. Messina has been a coach overseas for a long time and was a consultant for Mike Brown with the Los Angeles Lakers before, but I’m not a big fan of this idea.
I know that a lot of the NBA players these days are coming from overseas and Europe especially, but I’m not positive that you want a coach who doesn’t have NBA head coaching experience to be leading your team. Messina is 53 years old and has been a coach in Italy, Russia and Spain since 1989. While he does have the one year of being a consultant, the idea still strikes me as odd. He has won the Euroleague title four times, but I don’t look much into those stats.
It is likely going to be a completely different organization next season with whoever is coaching this team. It could be Drew or Messina or some other candidate, but things will be different. There will likely be no Josh Smith and who knows how long Al Horford is going to stick around if the team doesn’t go anywhere. There will be more rumors about the Atlanta coaching staff and Messina’s name will continue to come up until a final decision is made.