Stein: Nets expected to hire Igor Kokoskov as assistant

Mavericks’ assistant coach Igor Kokokshov may soon serve as an assistant to Steve Nash, according to Marc Stein…

Kokoshov, who has 30 years of coaching experience overseas and in the NBA, has a handful of connections to the Nets. He served as an assistant coach (2008-2012) when Steve Nash played in Phoenix. The Serbian native also served an as an assistant (2013-14) with the Cavaliers when Kyrie Irving was in Cleveland.

Kokoshov was the head coach of Slovenia’s Cinderella national team that won gold in the 2017 FIBA ​​EuroBasket. There, he coached Nets free agent guard Goran Dragic along with Luka Doncic. And last year, he coached the Serbian national team whose center was Nikola Milutinov, the 7-footer whose rights the Nets acquired in the Spencer Dinwiddie trade.

In addition to the Serbian and Slovenian national teams, Kokoskov had been head coach of the Georgian national team for seven years.

In the NBA, the 50-year-old was head coach of the Suns for one season. He has also been an assistant for the Clippers, Pistons (where he won an NBA title), Suns, Cavs, Magic, Jazz, Kings and Mavs. He was the first European-born NBA assistant when he was hired by the Clippers in 2000 and first European-born head coach when he hired by the Suns in 2018.

After Kokoshov left the Kings in 2020, there were reports the Nets reached out to him, but he decided to become the head coach of Fenerbahce in Turkey instead. After a year there, he returned to the US with Mavs where he coached Doncic again as an assistant.

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