Published: Wed, April 24, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Suns fire NBA’s first European-born coach Igor Kokoskov

Suns fire NBA’s first European-born coach Igor Kokoskov

A search will begin immediately for the team's next head coach, the Suns said, and that search is expected to target 76ers assistant Monty Williams as Kokoskov's successor, ESPN reported.

Since Terry Porter's tenure as head coach ended, Phoenix Suns has had six head coaches: Alvin Gentry, Lindsey Hunter, Jeff Hornacek, Earl Watson, Kay Triano, and Kokoskov. Williams is now in the running for the Los Angeles Lakers gig along side Tyronn Lue and both are getting ready for a second interview.

Kokoskov will not get the opportunity to build on that in Phoenix. He was hired to replace Jay Triano, named interim coach after Earl Watson was sacked last season. Phoenix hasn't had a winning record since the 2013-14 season and it holds the league's second-longest postseason-less streak, having not made the playoffs since the 2009-10 season - when Steve Nash and Amar'e Stoudemire were still leading the franchise.

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The first coach to be born and raised outside the U.S.in National Basketball Association history, Kokoskov's hiring was announced less than year ago to replace Earl Watson.

Kokoskov was sacked after just one season in Phoenix following a dismal 19-63 campaign.

Jones became the full-time GM after the Suns removed the interim tag earlier this month, and his first big move was to fire Kokoskov, an assistant with the franchise from 2008-13. He worked as an assistant in the National Basketball Association since 2000, most recently working with the Jazz from 2015-18.

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