Budenholzer has been an National Basketball Association head coach for five seasons, and while Messina has yet to coach permanently from the top seat in the United States, he's one of the most decorated head coaches in EuroLeague history. The sides parted ways last month following a 24-58 campaign. Kalamian has served as an assistant since 2015.
KKR, RR face-off in survival battle
But when Kolkata Knight Riders host Rajasthan Royals at Eden Gardens on Saturday, things will be as close they can get. Inserted in, RR found Kuldeep too hot to handle and wasted a bright start to manage 142 in 19 overs.
Saying that, it's equally possible that Budenholzer and Messina could be the final two candidates, and one of them could be the team's next head coach. He did spend time with the Los Angeles Lakers as a consultant during the 2011-12 season.
"I would be honored if that happens, and I would be honored as a European; as a person that has coached for many years in the EuroLeague and has worked together with a lot of European coaches", Messina said. "But at the same time, I'm aware that it's something I can not control".
This interview will allow the Bucks to get a leg up on the Toronto Raptors, who recently fired their head coach Dwane Casey last week. The Bucks finished the season under interim coach Joe Prunty and made the playoffs as the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference.