Re­cently fired NBA head coach finds new home as as­sis­tant with the Kings

Lodi News-Sentinel - - SPORTS - FROM STAFF AND WIRE RE­PORTS — Ja­son An­der­son, The Sacra­mento Bee

The Kings have hired for­mer Phoenix Suns head coach Igor Kokoskov to serve as an as­sis­tant on Luke Wal­ton’s coach­ing staff in Sacra­mento.

The Kings hired Kokoskov on Thurs­day, a league source told The Sacra­mento Bee, speak­ing on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause the hir­ing had not been for­mally an­nounced. ESPN’s Adrian Wo­j­narowski first re­ported the hir­ing.

Kokoskov, 47, is a Ser­bian with ex­ten­sive in­ter­na­tional coach­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. He spent 18 years as an NBA as­sis­tant be­fore he was named head coach in Phoenix last spring, mak­ing him the first Europe-born head coach in the NBA. Kokoskov com­piled a 19-63 record in his only sea­son with Phoenix. He was fired April 22 and re­placed by for­mer Philadel­phia 76ers head coach Monty Wil­liams.

Kokoskov pre­vi­ously spent time as an as­sis­tant with the Los An­ge­les Clip­pers, Detroit Pis­tons, Suns, Cleve­land Cava­liers, Or­lando Magic and Utah Jazz. He worked un­der head coaches such as Alvin Gen­try, Larry Brown and Quinn Sny­der.

Kokoskov will likely serve as a lead as­sis­tant un­der Wal­ton, who was hired in April af­ter three sea­sons with the Los An­ge­les Lak­ers.

The Kings pre­vi­ously an­nounced they had hired Bob Beyer, Jesse Mer­muys and Roy Rana to join Wal­ton’s staff and re­tained Bobby Jack­son in player devel­op­ment.

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