FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2019, file photo, Phoenix Suns head coach Igor Kokoskov watches during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers. The Suns say they have fired Kokoskov after one season. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

Suns fire Igor Kokoskov after 1 season

April 23, 2019 - 12:53 am

PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns have fired coach Igor Kokoskov after one season.

The team announced Kokoskov's firing in a statement Monday night.

A longtime NBA assistant, Kokoskov was the first European-born head coach in NBA history when Phoenix hired him to replace interim coach Jay Triano in 2018.

The Suns, despite adding No. 1 overall NBA draft pick Deandre Ayton, went 19-63 in Kokoskov's only season in the desert, worst in the Western Conference.

Phoenix had a franchise-worst 17-game losing streak in 2018-19 and became the first team in the shot-clock era (1954-55) to be held under 10 points in the first quarter of consecutive games.

The Suns recently removed the interim tag from James Jones, naming him full-time general manger.

Kokoskov's firing leaves Phoenix searching for its fifth head coach in five seasons.


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