Igor Kokoskov Rumors
The Utah Jazz announced today that Igor Kokoskov (kuh-KOS-kov) was hired as assistant coach, joining Head Coach Quin Snyder’s staff. In addition, Andrae Patterson has been named as player personnel/player programs coordinator. Per team policy, terms of the deals were not released.
Jody Genessy: The Jazz have signed a free-agent coach. Well-respected international coach Igor Kokoškov has joined Utah’s staff, according to a source.
Emiliano Carchia: Igor Kokoskov is the front runner for Panathinaikos head coaching job for next season, according to sources
Steve Kyler: Borrego said the addition of Igor Kokoskov has been really helpful, as he’s brought a blank-slate mentality to the process. Borrego said Kokoskov is seeing the team really for the first time and thats been helpful in crafting the process, in all phases of the game.
Not only do the Orlando Magic intend to have James Borrego finish out the season as their interim head coach, but the organization has hired a new lead assistant coach, Igor Kokoskov, to help Borrego the rest of the way. Kokoskov has worked previously as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Clippers, Detroit Pistons, Phoenix Suns and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Marc Stein: Hearing new Lakers coach Byron Scott is closing on the addition of Igor Kokoskov, one of Europe’s finest coaching exports, to his LA staff. Kokoskov, of Serbia, was on Mike Brown’s staff in Cleveland last season and just led Georgia to qualification for next summer’s EuroBasket.
Among the NBA personnel helping national teams this summer: Houston Rockets assistant coach Kelvin Sampson is an assistant with Canada. Golden State Warriors advanced scout Chris Thomas is an assistant coach with Slovenia. Minnesota Timberwolves advanced scout Pat Zipfel is the Dominican Republic’s scout. Cleveland Cavaliers assistant coach Igor Kokoskov is Georgia’s coach, and Houston Rockets advanced scout Jason Staudt is a scout for Georgia.
Marc Stein: Coaching tidbit: Hearing Cavs coach Mike Brown closing in on bringing well-regarded Suns assistant Igor Kokoskov onto his bench in Cleveland
If Turner and the Suns part ways, the team is expected to look within the organization to fill out Hunter’s coaching staff. Corey Gaines, who has WNBA coaching experience and has served as a scout and player development coach for the Suns, is a likely addition to the bench, sources said.
After the departure of Alvin Gentry as Suns head coach Friday morning, the Suns front office is using the team’s five-day break to interview internal candidates for the interim coach position. Suns assistant coaches Elston Turner, Igor Kokoskov and Dan Majerle and player development coordinator Lindsey Hunter are believed to be the candidates for the job of running the 13-28 team for the season’s second half. Suns officials have not disclosed information on the process today. Suns players still reported to the arena today to work out with some expressing a desire for Majerle to take the helm. As one of the most popular people in Suns history, Majerle would be a public hit. He has served as an assistant coach since 2008 and was a Philadelphia head coach candidate when Doug Collins was selected. Majerle, a Suns Ring of Honor member, has been the head coach of four NBA Summer League teams for the Suns.
Suns assistant coach Igor Kokoskov considers it an honor to coach in the NBA, but he is missing his duties this weekend for another honor. Kokoskov is receiving the Order of Honor from the Republic of Georgia. The honor is for his work as the Georgian national team’s coach since 2008, lifting it to its first European Championship appearance this year