16 December 2022
Ettore Messina, one of Europe’s greatest pro basketball coaches and trophy winners, was recently photographed sporting a pair of Blackfin ATLANTIC 02 spectacles during training with Olimpia Basket Milano.
Inducted in 2021 into the FIBA Hall of Fame, an honor accorded only the best, Ettore Messina has an impressive number of wins, with 32 trophies to his credit – including 4 EuroLeague, 1 Saporta Cup, 11 Championships and 11 Italian Cups (won it Italy), where he trained Virtus Bologna, Treviso and, currently, Olimpia Milano, and in Russia where he took CSKA Moscow to the top of Europe.
As head coach of the Italian national team, he was awarded the silver medal at the European Championships in 1997. An innovator, with a degree in business administration, Messina is considered a bench genius. In 2012, he was part of the NBA LA Lakers coaching staff and, from 2014 to 2018, Assistant Coach with the San Antonio Spurs.