Igor Kokoskov will stay in the NBA as an assistant coach, as he has agreed to join Quin Snyder at the Atlanta Hawks.

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The Atlanta Hawks will have bigger ambitions in the next season than the one in which they were eliminated in the playoffs.

3-pointers this season

Points made: 11,0
Accuracy: 35,2%
Place in standings: 23
Record max: 19
Record min: 4
Most made 3FGs: Bogdan Bogdanovic

Coach Quin Snyder has always been at the top of the Western Conference with Utah and surely wants the same with the Georgia team in the East.

The first thing he did for the next season was to strengthen the coaching staff and appoint his first assistant. It will be the former head coach of Serbia and Slovenia Igor Kokoskov.

The news about the Hawks' interest in hiring Kokoskov was first reported two weeks ago by Zach Klein of WSB TV in Atlanta, with Andrei Wojnarowski breaking the news on the done deal.

Kokoskov spent last season in Brooklyn. In his career, he led Phoenix for one season as a head coach, before taking over Fenerbahce Beko Instanbul.

Snyder first collaborated with the Serbian expert in the 1999-2000 season when Kokoskov was his assistant at Missouri. Later, they also worked together in Utah for three years, where they formed a great relationship, which they both often talked about.

"It's hard to describe our relationship. It transcends the boundaries of basketball. If it wasn't for him, I wouldn't be here today. He brought me to the States, and gave me a job. He's my life mentor, not just basketball. It changed my life," Kokoskov once said about Snyder.

After Salt Lake City, the former play-caller of Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul briefly led the Phoenix Suns as head coach, then an assistant with the Sacramento Kings, before trying out in the Euroleague with the Turkish club. He returned to the US in 2021 and joined Jason Kidd in Dallas, having spent the previous season as an assistant coach with the Brooklyn Nets.

Kokoskov will get to work with his fellow countryman Bogdan Bogdanovic, who agreed to extend his cooperation with the Hawks for four years and $68,000,000.


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