Brad Rock: Jazz will take Italian coach Ettore Messina seriously

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  • doc33 Las Vegas, NV
    May 9, 2014 10:04 p.m.

    Coach Messina has been on the NBA radar for some time and has a reputation for getting the most out of his teams. If he were chosen as the next Jazz coach, we'd see what this group is capable of, for better or worse. Fans wouldn't sense that this coach was in over his head as clearly was the case with Ty Corbin.

  • Jazz Source Alpine, UT
    May 9, 2014 2:25 p.m.


    "Its time for the Jazz to hire an experienced NBA Head Coach like Mark Jackson...."

    Yes, the same guy who can't even manage his own coaching staff during a season. The same guy who reportedly fractured the Jazz locker room when he "had" to play behind Stockton. The same guy who makes brilliant comments like "the clippers should boycott their next game" when it is his team they are playing against. There is not a more self absorbed mouth in the league right now. No thanks.

    @AmericanVet "....George Karl...." The regular season wizard and the proven playoff disaster? That George Karl? Can't win a playoff I guess if all you are looking for is someone to get you into the playoffs then fail...yes he could be your guy.

    Stan Van Gundy is fairly OCD but he had Orlando contending in the East when he was there. He might be worth consideration.

    Messina seems to have alot of positives...worth a serious look.

    Get someone with NBA proven defensive schemes.

    They forgot Vlade Divac's highest stat in addition to all his points, rebounds, and assists. 100,000 cigs and counting!

  • Americanvet Ivins, UT
    May 8, 2014 8:57 p.m.

    Just read in ESPN that George Karl is indicating he is ready to get back into coaching. He was coach of the year the same year the dummy's in Denver fired him. He immediately jumps to the top of my wish list.

  • Richie Saint George, UT
    May 8, 2014 3:06 p.m.

    The only American that excites me is Kerr and he is bound for the Lakers or Knicks. The rest are recycled or too old and frail like George Karl. So Jazz management hurry up and make a decision before your fan base deserts you. I still like Messina.

  • BucksJazzFan Doylestown, PA
    May 7, 2014 2:46 p.m.

    A real possibility that the Jazz Flip the Script on the this search. Really like Messina as the HC then bring in Mike D'Antoni as 1st chair assistant. Messina can look at the team as a whole and get maximum effort out of the guys. (Something he is known for). In today's world you can ask these guys to play really hard on D if they get to play in a high octane offense. Mike D'Antoni is great in on O but lack the Defensive mind set. Rearranging this bench could be very productive for the Jazz on the court as well as bringing a higher level of scorers to the team. Play hard on D and you get to run and gun with Mike D'Antoni offense.

  • Sagacious Logan, UT
    May 7, 2014 1:17 p.m.


    You couldn't be more wrong in stating that this guy is just like Corbin was. I see no similarities whatsoever. Corbin came in with no head coaching experience whatsoever. Messina has over a thousand games under his belt as a head coach and has won the vast majority of them.
    Also, Corbin's glaring weakness was regarding defense. It so happens that defense is Messina's forte. They couldn't more different in that regard as well.

    @ Sneaky Jimmy:

    You ask why Messina would leave a successful coaching career in Europe to coach the Jazz. He's reached the pinnacle where he's currently at and there's no where else to advance except to the NBA. He not the kind of guy that would be happy stagnated. He would thrive on the additional challenges of the NBA.
    Also, the Jazz could certainly offer more money... a great motivator to most people.

    Messina is a totally proven winner as a coach and has a great resume. Jazz management would be foolish not to take a very serious look at him. He certainly merits being on their short list as the next Jazz head coach.

  • JazzyCougarFan91 Provo, UT
    May 7, 2014 11:34 a.m.

    Its time for the Jazz to hire an experienced NBA Head Coach like Mark Jackson or Jeff Van Gundy.I'm sure that this guy is a great coach but he is just like Corbin was and look how that panned out No more rookie head coaches Bring Back the Pick and Role game from the late 90s

  • Sneaky Jimmy Bay Area, CA
    May 7, 2014 11:20 a.m.

    The real question is: will he take the Jazz seriously? Why would he want to leave a successful career in Europe to coach the Jazz?

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    May 7, 2014 11:16 a.m.

    Dennis Lindsay is pretty smooth. He spreads rumors that he's going to bring Jim Boylen back to Utah so everyone will breath a sigh of relief when it turns out to be a Euro coach.

  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    May 7, 2014 11:05 a.m.

    Here's a question. How many white Americans were in the NBA All Star Game?

    Here's another: If the NBA is importing shooters from Europe, why can't Fredette get a serious look? Does he have to go to Europe?

  • Hailstorm is a coming Riverdale, UT
    May 7, 2014 10:22 a.m.

    Please no Vangundy's or a Boylen. Please, Please, PLEASE !

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    May 6, 2014 9:18 p.m.

    Travis Hansen (of BYU fame) actually played professionally for Coach Messina in Russia and had outstanding reviews and recommendations for him. They were posted in a Deseret News article a few weeks back. I would even take his opinion over a reporter. Travis is an actual player who knows the demands and work-ethic of this man as a very disciplined coach who gets things done. I hope the Jazz take note, talk to Messina, and pick him as coach.

  • Dustin Idaho Falls, ID
    May 6, 2014 9:17 p.m.

    Defense. I want a coach who will emphasize defense above all else. Sure, that might be Messina's strength in the Euro League, but what about here? I am impressed by his record, and I wouldn't be unhappy if he were hired. It is just that after three years, I am ready for someone who can teach defense.

  • Richie Saint George, UT
    May 6, 2014 6:49 p.m.

    I like the Messina choice along with keeping Bryant and Jensen as assistants. It solidifies the coaching staff in preparation for tryouts. The other coaching choices appear to play to the fans and don't train young players.