Euroleague Update: Messina and Moscow Fall; Bo or Die In Istanbul

The man only had one lockout-shortened season on the Lakers bench and we’re merely five games into 2012-13, so why is everyone freaking out?

Not only did he install a new offense during camp; he had to do it with an offseason’s worth of fresh bodies.  So after a loss in their fifth game, a single question divided most of the Basketball God Fearing world: should CSKA Moscow fire Ettore Messina?

Not the former Laker coach you were expecting?  I’m sure this site’s got you covered somewhere.

After spending last year in Mike Brown’s ear as an assistant with the Lakers—Brown called him “one of the great basketball minds in the history of the sport”—the Italian coaching legend returned to CSKA Moscow, the club with whom he had won Euroleague titles in 2006 and 2008.

Messina also won with Kinder Bologna in 1998 and then again in 2001, thanks to 27 points from a 23-year-old Argentine guard named Manu Ginobili in game three of those finals.

If Messina could add a fifth trophy this season, he would become only the second coach in European basketball history to win five continental championships.  Only Bozidar Maljkovic and Aleksandir Gomelskiy—for whom the Euroleague’s Coach of the Year trophy is named—have as many.  Only Zeljko Obradovic has more, with eight.

But Messina’s fifth trophy felt more than just a few months away Thursday against Barcelona.

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