The Sacramento Kings' bench just got shorter.
Luke Walton's lead assistant, Igor Kokoskov, took a job with European powerhouse Fenerbahçe back on July 2, but with the intent to stay with the Kings through the NBA's restart.
Following the Kings' first game loss to the San Antonio Spurs, Kokoskov has decided to leave the NBA bubble and head to Turkey to begin his new journey.
“I’d like to congratulate Igor on his promotion to head coach of Fenerbahce and thank him for his dedicated time with the Kings,” head coach Luke Walton in a press release. “He has been a valuable member of my coaching staff and his natural ability to guide our players will continue to inspire the team as we move forward in Orlando. We wish him all the best.”
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Kokoskov came to the Kings last summer after coach the Phoenix Suns during the 2018-19 campaign. An NBA assistant for over 17 years, Kokoskov will take over for legendary Serbian coach Željko Obradović, who is considered one of the greatest coaches in European basketball history.
In addition to his duties with Fenerbahçe, Kokoskov is also the head coach of the Serbian National team, which includes Bogdan Bogdanovic and Nemanja Bjelica.
According to the official release from the team, Walton will hold a search for a new lead assistant during the offseason.