Kokoskov was the first non-American hired as a full-time assistant in 2001 with Clippers. In 2004, he became the first non-American assistant coach to win an NBA championship with the Pistons. Kokoskov, 46, was also the first non-American to serve on an NBA All-Star Game coaching staff. He has worked for the Clippers, Pistons, Suns, Cavs, Magic and, currently, the Jazz.
Jazz head coach Quin Snyder knows Kokoskov brings something special to his team.
Sources told SN that one player who has drawn significant interest has been wing Justin Holiday, currently averaging a career-high 13.4 points and making 37.7 percent of his 3s. Holiday is on a reasonable contract — he is owed $4.4 million next season — and his ability to shoot and defend the perimeter has made him a potential target for playoff teams like Boston, Minnesota and Oklahoma City.
As has become a common theme here in the NBA’s trading season, the Bulls would like to get a first-rounder for Holiday, but teams are wary of paying that price. Chicago does have an advantage, able to absorb unwanted salary with its $18 million in cap space.
The Bulls have also made Robin Lopez available, and even if they don’t wind up parting with either player, they could be a factor in potential deals as a facilitating third team because of their salary situation.
I knew he was special when he was a video guy, Popovich said. He worked so hard, and he also worked smart. That’s a very rare combination. He played the game in college, so he can relate to players in a different way. But he also learned to coach the old-fashioned way. There are so many things he does well as a teacher. There is a reason why people around the league love him and keep trying to hire him away from me.
Despite a lackluster 2017 season, Darnold remains the top quarterback on and off the field in the 2018 draft class. The Browns, who have to take a quarterback first overall after their recent snafus at the position, likely have Darnold in their crosshairs.
A year ago, the Bills were considering moving up in the draft for quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. Their new management and coaching staff in place this year could look for a similar move for Josh Rosen, a quarterback in whom they have shown substantial interest. Both of their first-round picks this year and a 2019 early round pick should be enough, and the Giants can move back and remain in win-now mode.