Italy’s Messina coaches Spurs over Pacers


SAN ANTONIO: Assistant coach Ettore Messina guided San Antonio over the Indiana Pacers 106-100 on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila), becoming the first Italian to coach an NBA game while replacing Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. Popovich, the NBA’s longest-tenured coach, missed the game with what the team called a minor medical procedure. The coach who guided the Spurs to last season’s NBA title will miss an undisclosed period of time. “He will be back soon,” said Messina, an Italian Basketball Hall of Fame member and two-time Euroleague Coach of the Year.



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