Not exactly breaking news as this was reported some time go but the Lakers made it official today by announcing Ettore Messina will be joining the team as a consultant. Most likely Messina will be advising Mike Brown on the offensive end of the floor.
While Messina has no NBA experience he brings an extensive resume over from Europe. The Catania native has coached some of Europe’s biggest clubs including Real Madrid and CSKA Moscow where he won two Euroleague titles.
Messina has a previous relationship with Coach Brown as the two became acquainted some years ago when Brown would travel to Europe.
Perhaps a stepping stone, Messina’s deal is rumored to be for two years with an option to return to Europe after the first season. More than likely the two time Euroleague coach of the year is testing the NBA waters where he could one day become a head coach in the world’s best hoops league.