Europe's top league turns 50

Originally Published: May 2, 2008
By Ian Whittell | Special to ESPN.com

Ettore Messina, the legendary Italian coach currently in charge of CSKA Moscow, sat in the stands and watched as the NBA paid tribute to its 50 greatest players of all time at the 1997 All-Star Game in Cleveland.

This weekend, in Madrid, Spain, Messina will be one of the honorees as European basketball stages its own version of those half-century celebrations.

"I was in Cleveland personally and that ceremony was extremely moving, extremely touching," said Messina, whose ...

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