Milano president Dell’Orco: We were interested in Wade. We met with Gherardini before hiring Messina

Matteo Marchi

Matteo Marchi

Dell'Orco talks about Mike James' departure: He talked to Ettore Messian twice and meanwhile he started playing tournaments with friends in the United States. This is not professional.

Leo Dell’Orco, Giorgio Armani’s right-hand man and president of Olimpia Milano, spoke with La Gazzetta dello Sport about his new role at the helm of the basketball powerhouse.

Dell’Orco replaced Livio Proli during the summer.

Mike James’departure.

He was under contract with us. He talked to Ettore Messian twice and meanwhile he started playing tournaments with friends in the United States. This is not professional.

Maurizio Gherardini and Ettore Messina.

Armani and I met with Maurizio Gherardini. If we had reached an agreement, Pianigiani would have remained as head coach.

Then we had another idea and we reached out to Ettore Messina asking him if he was available to coach and manage the team. He said that was what he was looking for. We met with him and we reached an agreement in 24 hours.

Dwyane Wade.

This summer we wanted to sign an important NBA player. We were interested in Dwyane Wade but we took some time. Two weeks ago Messina talked with Manu Ginobili and the idea of signing Scola came up. He is the kind of player that coach and ownership like.

Alessandro Gentile.

I spoke about him with Messina. But it looked a bit premature. The idea is to watch him in action this season (Gentile signed a two-year deal with Trento).

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