An assistant with a longtime Western Conference contender is among up to 10 possible candidates the Milwaukee Bucks will interview for their coaching position, according to a report.
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN says, according to sources, the Bucks will interview up to 10 people for the job, including one new name, Ettore Messina. He joins Steve Clifford and Monty Williams whom Wojnarowski previously named,
This comes after the firing of Jason Kidd back in January and Joe Prunty directing the team to a 21-16 record for the rest of the season, plus an exit from the NBA Playoffs in the first round for the second consecutive year.
Messina, originally from Italy, has been an assistant with the Spurs under Greg Popovich since 2014. He filled in as head coach for Popovich during the 2018 playoffs after the death of Popovich's wife.
He has been a head coach with four teams in Europe (Benetton Treviso, CSKA Moscow, Real Madrid and Virtus Bologna) along with being a consultant for the L.A. Lakers. He has also coached the Italian national team in international play.
Steve Clifford was also fired after his fifth year with the Charlotte Hornets, where he went 36-46. Clifford directed the Hornets to winning seasons in two of his five years in Charlotte (2013-18).
Monty Williams is currently the vice president of basketball operations for the San Antonio Spurs. While coaching with the New Orleans Hornets and Pelicans from 2010-15, his teams twice went to the NBA playoffs, including 2014-15 when he was fired after getting swept in the first round. Williams' wife was killed in a crash in 2016, after which he spoke with incredible eloquence at her funeral.