Igor Kokoskov Rumors
Duane Rankin: No Devin Booker tonight (right hamstring tightness). Igor Kokoskov says it’s precautionary. #Suns #Jazz.
When Hammond left Missouri for the Clippers, he brought Kokoskov along, recommending him to coach Alvin Gentry and general manager Elgin Baylor upon his arrival. Three years later, after Hammond had moved to the Pistons front office, he convinced Joe Dumars to bring Kokoskov in for Larry Brown’s coaching staff. “John Hammond was Igor’s American father,” Nenad Kokoskov said. “A real friend. An honest friend. Privately and professionally. He recognized his talent.”
“I think he’s as responsible for Goran Dragic being the player he is today as anyone,” Gentry, then the Suns head coach, said. “I think he did a good job of helping Goran navigate through all the things a young player would have to in the NBA, and he gave a lot of confidence too.”