HoopsHype Igor Kokoskov rumors
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. Twitter @ESPNSteinLine
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. USA Today Sports
Star center Zaza Pachulia, who underwent Achilles tendon surgery in April, is the only big-name absence from the 20-strong preliminary squad for EuroBasket 2013 that Georgia head coach Igor Kokoskov announced on Thursday. Eurobasket 2013
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. CBSSports.com
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. Arizona Republic
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 Arizona Republic
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