The Phoenix Suns have agreed to terms with Igor Kokoskov (kuh-KOS-kov) to become the team's new head coach, making him the first head coach born and raised outside North America in National Basketball Association history. The Serbian will become the first European-born head coach in the league.
Along with the Jazz and Suns, he has also coached for the Los Angeles Clippers, Detroit Pistons, Cleveland Cavaliers and Orlando Magic.
He also coached the Georgian national team from 2008-15 and the Slovenian team in 2016-17, leading them to a gold-medal finish and flawless 9-0 record at FIBA EuroBasket 2017 for the country's first European championship.
Kokoskov first interviewed for the vacant Suns coaching job last month and had been multitasking with the Jazz in the process.
Kokoskov, who is from Serbia, will become the first European born head coach in National Basketball Association history.
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Luka Doncic, who is considered to be in the running for the top pick, played for Kokoskov in Eurobasket in 2017. He has coached in Utah since 2015 and will join the Suns following the end of the Jazz's season. "Igor's teams have always had a player development focus, a creative style of play and a track record of success".
"We are thrilled to bring Valley resident Igor Kokoškov back to Arizona as head coach of the Phoenix Suns", said General Manager Ryan McDonough.
Kokoskov will replace Jay Triano, who served as the Suns' interim head coach for the majority of the 2017-18 season.
Kokoskov will begin his duties with the Suns as soon as his time with the Jazz is complete.
Kokoskov was with the Jazz on Wednesday night in Houston, where they met the Rockets in the second game of their Western Conference semifinal playoff series.