Mitch Kupchak hopes Ettore Messina will return for a second season as assistant coach of the Lakers.
"Mitch Kupchak called me telling me: 'I've heard just great things on you and I've seen you at work. We would love to have you back with us next season,'” Messina said in a recent interview. “It was a big pleasure for me. But I haven't decided yet.
“I have good offers from Europe and United States. I am evaluating all the proposals. When I signed in the NBA, I thought that my name would be forgotten, but this is not the case. I have never had so many offers as this season.”
Messina, considered one of the top European coaches of all-time, won two Euroleague championships with Virtus Bologna and four Russian SuperLeague titles with CSKA Moscow before joining the Lakers.