Igor Kokoskov Rumors
The Sacramento Kings announced today the members of Head Coach Luke Walton’s coaching staff for the 2019-20 season, naming Igor Kokoskov, Bob Beyer, Jesse Mermuys, and Roy Rana as assistant coaches. In addition to his coaching responsibilities, Rana will serve as chief of staff facilitating interdepartmental communication and a streamlined system within the coaching staff. Also named to Walton’s staff are Bobby Jackson as assistant player development coach, Jonah Herscu as advance scout, and Will Scott as head video coordinator and player development coach.
European coaches and their opportunities in the NBA: Zeljko Obradovic: “Igor Kokoskov was 20 years over there. They gave him the opportunity to work. Unfortunately, it was just one year. For many years we have rumors about some coaches. Ettore Messina, for example. Every year there are rumors about him [becoming head coach]. I wish it to him and I wish the same to every European coach. But every year its just rumors. Now everybody is talking about Saras (Sarunas Jasikevicius). I don’t see that they [NBA] trust European coaches so much. This is their right of course. Now we have a lot of European assistant coaches. But to have a head coach is not the same.
Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder initially found it difficult to discuss the Phoenix Suns’ firing his dear friend and former assistant, Igor Kokoskov, after one season. “Umm, well, I’ll just …, we talked and …, you know, I don’t …, need to comment on the situation,” Snyder said before Houston eliminated the Jazz from the NBA playoffs Tuesday. “You can kind of imagine my thoughts.”
“Having worked with Igor recently and over the years and as far back as the previous century, I know what the quality coach he is, the kind of person he is,” said Snyder, who gave Kokoskov his first job in United States as an assistant at Missouri in 1999. “There’s no doubt in my mind that he’ll have future opportunities. Anytime you’re in a program your first year with whatever type of adversity when something’s new, there’s always challenges.”