Buzz City Beat: Charlotte Hornets to interview three head coach candidates, Jeremy Lamb’s career year

SAN ANTONIO, TX - APRIL 19: Assistant Coach Ettore Messina and Tony Parker
SAN ANTONIO, TX - APRIL 19: Assistant Coach Ettore Messina and Tony Parker /

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Dwayne Bacon is already putting in work this summer as he looks to come back better than ever next season. In this edition of Buzz City Beat, we look at three coaches the Charlotte Hornets are set to meet with, Jeremy Lamb‘s career season and Ettore Messina declining to comment on rumors linking him to the Queen City team.

Hornets to interview three HC candidates (Adrian Wojnarowski)

"San Antonio Spurs assistant Ime Udoka will interview for the Charlotte Hornets‘ coaching vacancy this week, league sources told ESPN. Spurs assistant Ettore Messina and former Memphis Grizzlies coach David Fizdale are also set to interview for the Hornets job in the coming days, league sources told ESPN."

It looks like Charlotte has identified the top candidates for their vacant head coaching position. Fizdale is considered the frontrunner but Messina and Udoka have also entered the running for the job. Udoka is a surprise name that has popped up most recently. Aside from meeting with the Hornets, David is also set to meet with the New York Knicks and the Phoenix Suns.

As for Messina and Udoka, neither have been linked to other teams around the league but both are highly regarded and respected. Ime is considered one of the top head coaching prospects. The 40-year old Udoka has played 316 games in the NBA, including four with the Lakers (link to Mitch Kupchak) in 2003-04, and has been with on Gregg Popovich’s staff since 2012.

Jeremy Lamb’s career-year (

"Lamb enjoyed the best season of his six-year career as he scored a personal-high 1,033 total points, which marks the first time he’s reached the 1,000-point plateau. The former UConn Husky also dished out a career-high 2.3 assists per game."

Before this season, the closest Lamb got to scoring 1,000 points in a single campaign was in 2013-14 when he reached 665 total points with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Not only did he set a career-high in scoring but Jeremy also achieved career-high marks in assists, steals, blocks, minutes played, field goals made, three’s made and free throws made. The 25-year old really took his game to the next level as he was the sixth man for Charlotte.

He is expected to have an even bigger role next season as he enters the final year of his contract. The Hornets will have to make a tough decision on whether or not to re-sign Lamb. And if they aren’t going to bring him back, will they look to trade him? Making only $7 million per year now, Jeremy is expected to receive a big payday when he hits free agency if he keeps up his current form and growth.

Messina declines to comment on Charlotte rumors (

"“I don’t think it’s the right thing to make any comments about that rumor,” Messina said in his post-game media session Thursday night after the Spurs’ 110-97 loss to Golden State in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series."

Ettore seems like a consummate professional. He is not going to comment on his future endeavors while still with his current team. San Antonio is having a rough go in the playoffs so far as they are down 0-3 to the reigning NBA Champions in the Golden State Warriors and are without their star player in Kawhi Leonard.

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Messina filled in for Gregg Popovich as the team’s head coach during Game 3 and is expected to do the same in Game 4 after the passing of Popovich’s wife, Erin. Once the Spurs are eliminated from postseason play, Ettore is set to interview with the Charlotte Hornets.