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Suns hire Igor Kokoskov as head coach

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Jazz assistant coach Igor Kokoskov looks on during the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

After ruling out Jay Triano earlier this week, the Phoenix Suns have found their next head coach.

Phoenix announced Wednesday they have tabbed Jazz assistant Igor Kokoskov as their new head coach.

Kokoskov, who is from Serbia, will be the first European-born head coach in NBA history.

The Suns fired head coach Earl Watson after an 0-3 start to the season and announced they would not be retaining Triano as the head man after he served the final 79 games as the interim leader of the team.

Kokoskov, 46, has been an assistant for the Jazz since 2015 and was the coach for the Slovenian national team from 2016-17.

The Suns finished with the worst record in the NBA (21-61).

If Suns fans needed an extra reason to be excited about their new hire, two-time MVP Steve Nash showed his support of Kokoskov on social media.

The Canadian legend tweeted "Yes!! Go Suns!" responding to the Suns' official account.

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