Ettore Messina Could Be Serious Candidate For Brooklyn Nets Coaching Job

By Mike B. Ruiz
Anthony Gruppuso-USA Today Sports

There’s one man that no one is paying attention to in regards to being a potential head coaching candidate for the Brooklyn Nets.

His name is Ettore Messina, and it would be foolish to not take notice of him.

Messina, a 53-year-old Italian currently serving as the head coach of CSKA Moscow in Russia, could very easily be on Brooklyn owner Mikhail Prokhorov’s radar due to both his overwhelming success in Europe and his ties to Prokhorov with CSKA Moscow.

Prokhorov owned CSKA Moscow back when Messina led them to Euroleague titles in 2006 and 2008.

But that doesn’t even begin to tell the story of what Messina has achieved throughout his coaching career. With two other Euroleague championships, as well as four Italian League and five Russian League titles, and nine other Cup championships combined between the two nations, Messina is the epitome of a winner.

He isn’t completely foreign to the NBA game either.

Messina served as an assistant coach under Mike Brown with the Los Angeles Lakers during the 2011-12 season, and was even mentioned as a possible head coach for the Sacramento Kings at one point.

His NBA career is obviously microscopic in terms of both experience and achievement when compared to his European tenure, but it’s pretty difficult to think that a coach that’s won that consistently at the professional level would be incapable of making it back to the top in the States.

CSKA Moscow has Messina under contract for another two years, however, Prokhorov proved through his recent pursuit of Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers that he isn’t afraid of attempting to contact a coach who’s in the middle of a deal.

Messina is more than qualified to take over the Nets if given the opportunity. Don’t be surprised if he ends up being the one that wins the job.

Mike B. Ruiz is a Brooklyn Nets writer for Follow him on Twitter @mikebruiz and “Like” him on Facebook.

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