Though this has been a season of struggle for Igor Kokoskov in his first season as an NBA head coach in leading the Phoenix Suns, his job is safe, at least through this season, according to Phoenix co-interim general manager James Jones.
Jones, appearing on the Burns and Gambo show on 98.7 FM Arizona's Sports Station on Wednesday, gave Kokoskov a vote of confidence.
“We’re committed to Igor, and we’re committed to finishing the season out on a high note,” Jones said. “We have room for improvement. That’s the challenge across the organization for us to improve upstairs as well as downstairs, on the court, off the court. So we’re going to push it. But Igor, it’s a tough job but he’s up to the challenge.”
The Suns (12-50) ended a franchise-worst 17-game losing streak with a victory at Miami on Monday night. There were whispers during the skid, which dropped Phoenix to possessor of the worst record in the NBA, that Kokoskov's job could be in jeopardy.
Jones refuted that during his appearance with Burns and Gambo.
“No,” Jones said after being asked if he considered making a change with Kokoskov's position during the losing streak. “Our stance is we need to evaluate what we do periodically, but more importantly to finish the season strong.
"We support Igor and the staff and we’ll continue to work together to try to push this forward.”