One-and-Done: Suns fire Kokoskov

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Phoenix Suns have fired Igor Kokoškov after one-season with the team. The Suns will now be in the search for a new head coach with a new front office leading the way.

Despite having the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft in Deandre Ayton and rising star Devin Booker, Kokoškov could only guide the team to 19 wins. The team lost 63 games.

Former Phoenix Suns head coach Igor Kokoškov speaks to the media during the 2018 draft pick press conference
Igor Kokoškov speaks to the media during the 2018 draft pick press conference (Getty Images)

The Suns missed the playoffs, as they finished fifth in the Pacific Division.

This was the 47-year-old Banatski Brestovac, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia native’s first head coaching opportunity in the NBA. Before accepting the Suns head coaching position, he was an assistant coach for multiple teams in the NBA and overseas.

He spent three seasons with the Utah Jazz before accepting the Suns offer. He also spent time in the summer as the Slovenia head coach.

Besides being an assistant coach for the Jazz, he also served time as an assistant coach with the Orlando Magic, Cleveland Cavaliers, Suns, Detroit Pistons, and the Los Angeles Clippers.

He won an NBA Championship in 2004 with the Pistons. He was part of the NBA All-Star Game coaching staff in 2006 with the Pistons, as well.

When he was hired by the Suns, he became the first head coach outside of North American in NBA history.

Besides serving as the Slovenia head coach, he also was the Georgia head coach from 2008 through 2015. He also was an assistant coach with Serbia and Montenegro in 2004-05.

He was the youth Partizan coach in 1996-97. He spent one season as the OKK Beograd head coach in 1995-96.

He also was the OKK Beograd assistant coach in 1994-95. He also was the youth OKK Beograd coach for two seasons in 1992-94.

Kokoškov also spent one season in college basketball with the Missouri Tigers in 1999-2000.

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