With training camp looming, new Los Angeles Lakers head coach Byron Scott is in the final stages of putting together his coaching staff, which is already reportedly set to feature Mark Madsen and Jim Eyen.
According to Marc Stein from ESPN, Scott is close to adding European coach Igor Kokoskov to his staff. The Serbian Kokoskov has previously worked with the University of Missouri and is currently the head coach of Georgia’s national team. Kokoskov has also been an assistant with the Los Angeles Clippers, Detroit Pistons, Phoenix Sun and Cleveland Cavaliers, though the 42-year-old was not a part of Scott’s staff in Ohio – Mike Brown hired Kokoskov last summer.
Brown also added European coaching legend Ettore Messina to the Lakers’ coaching staff when he landed the job with the purple and gold in 2011. Messina, an Italian, was a big hit with Kobe Bryant, so it will be interesting to see if Kokoskov can have a similar kind of impact on the Black Mamba, along with the rest of the team, if he ends up landing with the Lake Show.