The Nets forward had a long interview with Sovsport.
“I think that it was the right decision. A coach cannot do as Messina did during the most important game of the season saying “I am not able to coach the team, I am leaving”. You are not a player and ask for a substitution is something goes wrong. You are the mentor and you have to motivate the team. You have to convince the team to fight till the end. I know how warm is the relationship between CSKA Moscow and Ettore Messina and I understand what he means for the fans. At the end of the season, he improved by winning VTB League. But in any case, the way he behaved during the spring time was wrong” said Kirilenko.