Hawks targeting SVG and Ettore Messina

Hawks targeting SVG and Ettore Messina

Postby JSM on Fri May 10, 2013 7:05 pm

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo wrote:The Atlanta Hawks are aggressively pursuing Stan Van Gundy for the franchise's head-coaching job, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

General manager Danny Ferry has made Van Gundy his top target to replace Larry Drew, sources said.
There has been contact between Ferry and Van Gundy, but the two sides have yet to meet in person.
The Hawks plan to make a hard push for free-agent center Dwight Howard on July 1, and there's some belief that Van Gundy could actually turn out to be a benefit in recruiting Howard back to his hometown.

Howard has expressed some sentiment that he better appreciates Van Gundy as a head coach, despite their clashes together in Orlando that ultimately led to the coach's firing after the 2011-12 season.

Van Gundy hasn't made a decision about returning to coaching this year, but he holds Ferry in high regard, league sources said. Van Gundy has declined interest in the Milwaukee Bucks' head-coaching job.

In parts of eight seasons with the Miami Heat and Orlando Magic, Van Gundy (371-208) has a .641 regular season winning percentage and (48-39) a .552 postseason winning percentage. He led the Magic to the NBA Finals in 2009 and reached the conference finals in both Miami and Orlando.

Drew's contract runs out on June 30, and he's been informed the organization will start to talk with other candidates. While it's almost assured that Drew has coached his final game in Atlanta, there's a small possibility the Hawks could miss out on several of their top targets and return to Drew, sources said.

The Hawks' shortlist includes San Antonio Spurs assistant Mike Budenholzer and CSKA Moscow assistant Quin Snyder, sources said.

Ferry worked with Budenholzer in two separate stays in the San Antonio front office, and has a relationship with Snyder back to their days at Duke.
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Re: Hawks targeting SVG

Postby revgen on Fri May 10, 2013 7:11 pm

No brainer. D12 or no D12, SVG is a better coach than Larry Drew.
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Re: Hawks targeting SVG

Postby JSM on Fri May 17, 2013 9:06 am

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo wrote: Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry is giving significant consideration to hiring the first European-born head coach in NBA history, sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Ettore Messina, the Italian-born coach of CSKA Moscow, is among the top candidates to replace coach Larry Drew. Ferry and Messina have had contact about the possibility, and Messina is intrigued with the chance to be a global trail blazer in the NBA, sources told Y! Sports.

Ferry recently scouted CSKA Moscow in London at the Euroleague Final Four.

Atlanta's top target, Stan Van Gundy, is a long shot to accept the job, league sources said.

Messina, 53, is a four-time Euroleague championship coach and two-time Euroleague coach of the year. Across two decades of head coaching jobs in Italy and Russia, Messina has won five Russian League championships and four Italian League titles.

Messina spent the 2011-'12 season as a part of Mike Brown's coaching staff with the Los Angeles Lakers. With uncertainty over Brown's future, Messina left the NBA to take a $1 million-plus a year job with CSKA Moscow. Messina brought Lakers assistant Quin Snyder to CSKA with him as an assistant coach.

Ferry and Snyder have a long, close relationship, dating back to their days as Duke University teammates. Snyder is a candidate for the Phoenix Suns and Charlotte Bobcats coaching jobs.

Ferry is considered one of the few NBA executives with the fearlessness to make the historic move. To introduce a European coach into the leadership of an NBA locker room needs a strong, sure executive, and Ferry possesses the independence of mind to make the move. Hired with a six-year, $12 million-plus contract a year ago, Ferry has the freedom to reshape the Hawks franchise.

Ferry has a strong respect for the European game, and as Cleveland's GM, sent his coach Mike Brown overseas to spend time studying Messina's offense. Ferry also sent Drew to Israeli a year ago to observe Maccabi Tel Aviv's David Blatt.

Messina is a superior coaching mind with a long résumé of success at the highest levels of European basketball. Messina speaks excellent English and has long been considered – along with Blatt – one of the most likely Euroleague candidates to be hired as a head coach in the NBA.

Ferry interviewed ex-Blazers coach Nate McMillan on Wednesday for the Hawks' coaching job. Drew is still under contract with the team until June 30, and hasn't been completely ruled out to return as coach. Nevertheless, Drew has almost assuredly coached his final game for Atlanta.

Oklahoma City general manager Sam Presti hired Serbian Darko Rajakovic to coach the Thunder's NBA Development League affiliate, the Tulsa 66ers, for the 2012-'13 season. Rajakovic was the first non-North American coach in D-League history.

Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni, who was born and raised in West Virginia, jumped into the NBA after a successful eight-year stint in the Italian League.
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Re: Hawks targeting SVG and Ettore Messina

Postby therealdeal on Fri May 17, 2013 10:36 am

Messina? Sounds familiar... Hm...
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Re: Hawks targeting SVG and Ettore Messina

Postby Battle Tested20 on Fri May 17, 2013 2:13 pm

therealdeal wrote:Messina? Sounds familiar... Hm...

yeah he was once of our assistant coaches under mike brown. He is the equivalent to Phil Jackson over in Europe as far as winning is concerned.
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Re: Hawks targeting SVG and Ettore Messina

Postby therealdeal on Fri May 17, 2013 2:28 pm

Battle Tested20 wrote:
therealdeal wrote:Messina? Sounds familiar... Hm...

yeah he was once of our assistant coaches under mike brown. He is the equivalent to Phil Jackson over in Europe as far as winning is concerned.

I know. :)
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Re: Hawks targeting SVG and Ettore Messina

Postby LTLakerFan on Fri May 17, 2013 10:34 pm

Was he the one that thought it was a good idea most times down to burn 8 or 9 seconds first thing getting the ball to our bigs out by the 3 point line? :man10: What the hell did he implement to help out offense clueless Potato when he was here? I was really looking forward to a little pass the ball a lot, team basketball Euro style and we got squat.
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