Igor Kokoskov Rumors
New name for the Suns coaching search – Phoenix will interview Utah assistant coach Igor Kokoskov for their vacant head coaching job. Former Rockets coach Kevin McHale and Spurs assistant James Borrego are also candidates.
The Magic’s search could include such candidates as Toronto Raptors assistant coach Nick Nurse, San Antonio Spurs assistants James Borrego and Ime Udoka, Portland Trail Blazers assistant David Vanterpool, Utah Jazz assistant Igor Kokoskov, and Toronto 905 G League coach Jerry Stackhouse, league sources said.
Like Dragic, Igor Kokoskov, the Utah Jazz assistant who coached Slovenia, marvels at Doncic’s precociousness. “Leadership and presence on the court — you can’t coach it,” he says. In some ways, he explains, Doncic’s background has molded him into the player he is today: a teenager who sees and thinks and moves on the court like a much older man, exhibiting none of the self-doubt that normally comes with inexperience. But it’s also shaped him in unknowable ways. “He kind of missed some parts of his life — his basketball childhood,” Kokoskov says. “He had to grow up fast.”
Igor Kokoškov, Utah: 10 votes Kokoškov’s résumé is impressive: An assistant for six teams in 17 seasons — including a spot on Detroit’s title-winning staff in 2004 — and the distinction of being the first European coach to hold a full-time position with an NCAA Division I school, working for Jazz coach Quin Snyder at Missouri. Several executives cited Kokoškov’s performance last summer, when he coached Slovenia to a championship at the FIBA EuroBasket tournament. Kokoškov’s English, once halting, has improved significantly since he came to the NBA in 2000 — he coached the Slovenian team entirely in English. Snyder told Yahoo Sports that Kokoškov, 46, has no issues communicating with players and regularly runs practices.
Jay Wright of Villanova has been mentioned as a potential Suns target for years. Expect to hear his name, among others, once again. I would also anticipate that Phoenix and other teams take a serious look at the former Suns assistant coach Igor Kokoskov, who led Slovenia on its Cinderella run to the EuroBasket title last summer and has been a top assistant for the past three seasons with the surging Utah Jazz.