Another guy on Popovich’s staff that people are trying to poach is Messina, the lead assistant with the Spurs. The 58-year-old is the elder statesman on the list, but if you see him work with his players, you’d think he was much younger.
He has more energy than most of us players, Spurs guard Tony Parker said. He knows how to engage with guys and that’s very important. He is a joyful teacher.
Messina won four EuroLeague championships as a head coach and was named one of the 50 Greatest EuroLeague Contributors in 2008. He was named the Italian League’s Best Coach in 1998, 2001 and 2005, as well as EuroLeague Coach of the Year in 2006 and 2008. He was inducted into the Italian Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008. In 17 seasons, his career head coaching record in the EuroLeague is 279-98 (.740 winning percentage).
While Ingraham wants James to shut up about politics, she had no problems with Tim Tebow (who appeared in an anti-abortion Super Bowl commercial), noted Justin Baragona of Mediate.
Columnist Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report tweeted that Ingraham’s comments were appalling.
Jemele Hill of ESPN’s The Undefeated was also offended.
LeBron is one of greatest examples of our country we’ve ever seen. He went from nothing to something. He had to be excellent at everything. To insinuate he’s not intelligent is appalling, she tweeted.
Sporting News spoke with players, coaches, scouts and general managers around the league to put together a list of top coaching candidates. (Only first-time coaching candidates are included, and it’s more of a scan of the landscape than a hardcore ranking.) The purpose is to make fans aware of some coaches that they’ll likely know in the next year or so.
We’ll make an exception for interim coaches, which leads us to our first candidate…
It turns out the Lakers were not willing to wait another year. They have their eyes set on the upcoming offseason — and on LeBron James and Paul George.
In order to have a chance of courting James and George, the Lakers needed to create the cap space to sign two max contract players in the offseason. They have been attempting to dump contracts that would have them handicapped in their pursuit of both future free agents.