(AGI) San Antonio (USA), July 16 - Ettore Messina has joinedthe staff of basketball world champions San Antonio Spurs. Theformer coach of CSKA Moscow, Virtus Bologna and BenettonTreviso has become the new assistant to coach Gregg Popovich."I am honoured to have such an accomplished individual join ourprogramme," Popovich said. "Coach Messina is an exceptionalcoach, a great leader and someone we can all learn from."Italy's Marco Belinelli also plays for the Texan team. . .