Dick Harmon: Former BYU star Travis Hansen explains how Ettore Messina could coach the Jazz if hired

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  • Osgrath Provo, UT
    May 1, 2014 8:48 p.m.

    Maybe there's something in the water out in the Uintah Basin - causing people to worry about what the Lakers are going to do. The Lakers will do whatever they do, but we have no way of knowing whether Messina is even on their radar, or whether he would be interested in going there, or whether he is the best candidate for the Jazz job. We don't know whether Messina would be interested in coaching the Jazz.

    I really don't think the sky is falling here.

  • Farmhand20 Vernal, UT
    May 1, 2014 8:13 p.m.

    Better do something quick, if Jazz are interested. Looks like the Lakers are interested too.

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    May 1, 2014 4:43 p.m.

    i'd go for Messina...or Lionel Hollins...i think Messina is a teacher...and he would probably use our players better than Corbin...

  • jpc53 Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 1, 2014 2:06 p.m.

    With the exception of Kerr going to the Knicks at the end of the first round of the play-offs, I wouldn't expect much activity on the coaching front until the play-offs are over. Not only are there some good assistant coaches still in the play-off mix, but there are some head coaches who might be looking to move.

  • Wannabe Bakersfield, CA
    May 1, 2014 1:03 p.m.

    Good thinking Doug10, we should have a proven NBA player verify the abilities of a European based coach. And apparently you missed the entire article that potrays Messina as a Sloan type. Will that really fly in LA with Kobe?

  • Richie Saint George, UT
    May 1, 2014 12:36 p.m.

    Messina sounds pretty good, but Lindsey better make up his mind quickly before the best candidates get snapped up by the big city teams like the Lakers. The Jazz have the players and draft picks all they need is a good coach now.

  • Copacetic Logan, UT
    May 1, 2014 12:19 p.m.

    @ Doug10:

    Your comments feel as if they are made from a very narrow perspective and limited mindset.

    First of all, Travis Hansen excelled at both college and European basketball. He had a longer and better European pro basketball career than most pros do in the NBA.
    After Doug Flute initially wilted in the NFL, he flourished in Canadian basketball and later in the NFL after given a better opportunity. Hansen had the opportunity to return to the NBA after excelling in Europe, but decided to stay where things were already well established. He also played extensively both for and against Messina, so has a qualified opinion. When it comes to basketball, he knows what he's talking about. Had he played at the U, I'm certain you would look at him with more open eyes.

    Messina is a good friend of the Jazz GM, perhaps more-so than with anyone at the Lakers. Also, the Jazz are more in the market for a new coach than are the Lakers. He also might like the overall situation better with the Jazz. Those are just a few reasons he might choose Utah over the Lakers.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    May 1, 2014 11:39 a.m.


    Thank you for this piece.

    With all due respect to Doug 10...

    Travis is an all-time competitor.

    True...that fact did not translate into a lucrative NBA career...

    However..the fact, that he did not have a lucrative NBA career does not preclude Dick going to Travis for his opinion.

    It is refreshing to get the viewpoint of one who knows Messina well by direct, first-hand observation...not by some pundits chapter and verse.

    Would/will/is Messina be the one to lead the Jazz out of the wilderness?

    Who knows?

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    May 1, 2014 9:57 a.m.

    The best coach of the European league coming to Utah? That is a good story similar to the one that Phil Jackson is leaving NY to come and coach the Jazz. That way the Jazz can have their choice of the two best basketball minds in the world to choose from. Sounds like great headlines or an Aesops fable......you choose what you want to beleive.

    The article also mentioned Messina was a great coach but he would need the right personnel. Does he not know the Jazz have already been through the refiners fire this season and now we have professionals only on the team?

    Messina is in demand so tell me why he would choose Utah over the Lakers.

    And this article was based upon conversations with a player coached by Messina but who still could not win or even play in the NBA. I am still looking for higher qualifications than being friends with Dennis.

    If you want to impress the Jazz people Dennis, use your people and management skills and talk Poppivich into coaching at Utah...I am quite certain he too is your friend.

  • SlopJ30 St Louis, MO
    May 1, 2014 8:35 a.m.

    Interesting. I have no basis to predict how it would work out, but at least they're thinking outside the box. I've always thought it's strange how the NBA recycles coaches. Fail one place, wait a year or two, fail somewhere else, etc.

    The Jazz need to establish a culture. Under Ty, my impression is that the players and fans saw him as a pale imitation of Sloan. Bring in this Euro guy, and at least he wouldn't have to constantly battling the Ghost of Jerry. Baggage-free, good hoops mind, and has "a system"? Why not?

  • EPoint Roy, UT
    April 30, 2014 9:44 p.m.

    Messina would know how to deal with foreign players, and basketball itself is a universal language...might be a good choice if its not going to be Randy Rahe.