Report: Lakers close to hiring Georgian national team coach Igor Kokoskov as assistant
The Lakers are really taking to proceeding slowly.
Even hiring assistant coaches is taking forever.
Paul Pressey, Mark Madsen and Robert Horry were reported candidates for Byron Scott’s staff, but the Lakers’ official site still lists only Johnny Davis – a Mike D’Antoni holdover – as an assistant coach. (Madsen is listed as a player-development coach.)
The Lakers are close to adding another coach, someone who worked for former Lakers coach Mike Brown last season.
Marc Stein of ESPN:
Hearing new Lakers coach Byron Scott is closing on the addition of Igor Kokoskov, one of Europe's finest coaching exports, to his LA staff— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) September 7, 2014
Kokoskov, a native Serbian, spent his summer guiding Georgia through EuroBasket qualifying.
But at this point, though, he’s a true NBA coach. He’ll be entering his 15th year in the league, having worked for the Cavaliers, Suns, Pistons and Clippers.
When Cleveland hired him last year, Earl Boykins told Kyrie Irving, via Mary Schmitt Boyer of The Plain Dealer:
Jeremy Lin might like that, but I wonder how Kobe Bryant feels.