According to NBCsports, the Suns may part ways with Igor Kokoskov - who last May became the first foreign-born NBA head coach before Phoenix chose not to draft one Luka Doncic, known rookie phenom. Igor coached Doncic and the Slovenian national team at EuroBasket in 2017, where underdog Slovenia beat a seemingly superior Spanish team before winning the final against Serbia.
Rumor: Suns could fire coach Igor Kokoskov https://t.co/qtEp2YeHyv— Kurt Helin (@basketballtalk) February 26, 2019
Igor has been on the hot seat for a while, as Phoenix just snapped a 17-game losing streak (yikes). The front office in Phoenix seems impatient with the rebuild - they’ve gone through 5 head coaches since 2013, and 4 since 2016. Only two head coaches in Suns history (John MacLeod and Mike D’Antoni) have made it more than 4 seasons.
This is a franchise that has been wallowing in the cellar for years. They’ve had 6 lottery picks in the last 5 drafts and still haven’t been able to put together a competent roster.
Looking around the league, the worst franchises (Phoenix, Orlando, Washington) have one thing in common: bad front office and management. It’s hard for a head coach to succeed when a team is built to tank and has been tanking for 5 years.
If Igor is let go, hopefully Dennis Lindsey gives him a call. I’m sure Quin Snyder and the rest of his staff would happily welcome Igor back into the fold.