Phoenix Suns pulled the trigger and hired Igor Kokoškov as their new head coach. Before we introduce the new coach, take a moment, and pour one out for all the announcers who will struggle with the pronunciation of his last name. I can't wait to hear Barkley struggle with this one.
Igor Kokoškov comes from Serbia where he started coaching in 1992. His US story started in 1999 when he was an assistant at the University of Missouri for a young coach Quin Snyder. After only a year he was hired by the Clippers as an assistant coach. From 2000 till today, he served as an assistant on the Clippers, Pistons, Suns, Cavs, Magic, and Jazz. During his NBA career he also coached the national team of Georgia from 2008 to 2015, but his greatest success as a head coach coaching Slovenia in the 2017 EuroBasket where they surprisingly won the gold.
The Suns have a lot of young talent that needs development and Kokoškov has been credited as the developmental guy on every staff he worked in. Booker at SG, Jackson at SF, Bender at PF, and Chris as C. Seems the Suns need a starting point guard. The story of EuroBasket ‘17 was a young kid who played next to Goran Dragić and established himself as one of the most talented prospects of European basketball ever. Phoenix has the highest odds at the no.1 pick and the new coach knows how good Luka Dončić is.
I think we can safely assume what advice will the new coach give his GM before the draft. Kokoškov is a great pick for what the Suns need in a coach and now he needs institutional support and patience.
P.S. Charles, if you are reading this, imagine trying to get someone to be quiet and saying 'shhhhhh' to them. That's basically how you read the š. So just write 'Kokoshkov' on your notes, maybe it helps.