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Sacramento Kings hiring Igor Kokoskov as assistant coach

Kokoskov was previously head coach of the Phoenix Suns

NBA: Golden State Warriors at Phoenix Suns Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The Sacramento Kings are hiring Igor Kokoskov as an assistant coach, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Kokoskov spent last season as head coach of the Phoenix Suns.

This is a strong hire for the Sacramento Kings. Aside from his year of head coaching experience, Kokoskov has 18 years of experience as an NBA assistant, working under coaches including Alvin Gentry, Larry Brown, and Quin Snyder. Before being hired by the Suns he was considered one of the top assistants in the league. Although he only lasted one season in Phoenix, a lot of that can be chalked up to...*waves hand in general direction of Phoenix ownership and front office*.

Kokoskov is the presumed lead assistant on Luke Walton’s staff and would be a likely candidate to take over as head coach in the case that Walton were to be let go following the results of the independent investigation. Kokoskov joins a growing staff that includes Bob Beyer, Jesse Mermuys, Roy Rana and Bobby Jackson.