Messina officially on board (no word on Loggins)

The long reported addition to L.A.'s staff became official Friday afternoon, as the Lakers announced the hiring of famed Italian coach Ettore Messina, reports ESPNLA.com's Dave McMenamin. Messina will serve as a consultant to Mike Brown.

If you missed it, here's our Q and A with Os Davis of TrueHoop's BallinEurope.com, along with a great post from Sebastian Pruiti of NBAPlaybook.com on how Messina might influence the offense.

By the way, if the Lakers decide they need a Loggins to go with their Messina, I recommend this guy.