The contract with the 48-year-old coach is concluded for three seasons. Kokoškov will travel to Istanbul after the Sacramento Kings team, in which he works as an assistant, closes the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) 2019/2020 season.
Kokoškovs has worked for the NBA for 20 years with seven different teams, including leading the Phoenix Dog in the 2018/2019 season. He has also served as an assistant to the Utah Jazz (2015-2018), Orlando Magic (2014-2015), Cleveland Cavaliers (2013-2014), Dog (2008- 2013), the Detroit Pistons (2003-2008) and the Los Angeles Clippers (2000-2003).
In 2004, he became the first non-North American-born assistant coach to become an NBA champion. Prior to crossing the ocean, Kokoškov worked for the OKK Beograd club in the 1990s, as well as coaching the Partizan youth team in Belgrade.
He began his career in the United States as a team coach at the University of Missouri.
In 2017, under the leadership of Kokoškov, the Slovenian national team became the European champion. He has also led the Georgian national team for eight years, helping it enter the European Championship finals three times.
He is currently the head coach of the Serbian national team. At the 2004 Olympic Games and the 2005 European Championships, Kokoškov was an assistant to Žeļko Obradovič in the national team of Serbia and Montenegro.
He will replace Obradovich at the wheel of the Fenerbahce. Sixty-year-old Obradovich, who has run the Istanbul Club since 2013, has decided to take a career break.
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