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Lakers coach Mike Brown said Monday night he expects all of his assistant coaches, including Ettore Messina, to return for next season. He also said he expects one or more to receive interest from other teams with head coaching vacancies.
Messina spent his first season in the NBA on Brown’s staff after coaching for many seasons in Europe, including with the Italian national team and the Spanish club team Real Madrid. Brown said he has a place on the Lakers’ bench for as long as he wants it.
“I have to talk to Mike and Mitch (Kupchak, the Lakers’ general manager),” said Messina, who has an option on his contract for next season. “I would (like to be an NBA head coach), but it is something that’s out of my control. The good thing is I have the security to go back to Europe to coach. That’s my security blanket.”
Brown said he wouldn’t be surprised if Messina, John Kuester, Chuck Person and Quin Snyder receive offers elsewhere. Kuester coached the Detroit Pistons for two ill-fated seasons before being fired and joining Brown’s staff.