Originally posted on Ball in Europe  |  Last updated 12/7/11
Coming to America From BallinEurope’s man in Italy, Enrico Cellini: In an interview to be published in major Italian daily Corriere della Sera, Ettore Messina summarizes his coaching experiences around Europe and talks about his forthcoming adventure as the Los Angeles Lakers’ assistant coach. Messina began his career in Italy but then started “to feel uneasy” with his native basketball environment. “Moscow was the place where I felt the best,” he explains. In Russia, we won championships on the road, celebrated on the court with rival fans applauding us. In Italy, this would be inconceivable. In Spain, they are passionate, too, but for sure there is not the acrimony we have in Italy.” Though, even Spain was tough sometimes to digest: “I wasn’t happy with basketball matters and I felt like a stranger. I was bothered by the fact that when we won, I was Ettore Messina. When we lost, I was ‘the Italian’.” On the NBA, Messina’s future home: “I am curious and worried. Curious to exper
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