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GM Jones: Suns committing to coach Igor Kokoskov through season

GM Jones: Suns committing to coach Igor Kokoskov through season
Published On: Thu, Feb 28
Feb 3, 2016; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Jazz assistant coach Igor Kokoskov (right) works with guard Trey Burke (3) prior to the game against the Denver Nuggets at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATED: February 27, 2019 at 3:57 pm

Phoenix Suns head coach Igor Kokoskov gestures during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Danny Karnik)

The Phoenix Suns are sticking with head coach Igor Kokoskov through at least the remainder of the season, co-interim general manager James Jones toldA Burns & GamboA onA 98.7 FM Arizonaa€™s Sports StationA on Wednesday.

a€œWea€™re committed to Igor, and wea€™re committed to finishing the season out on a high note,a€ Jones said. a€œWe have room for improvement. Thata€™s the challenge across the organization for us to improve upstairs as well as downstairs, on the court, off the court. So wea€™re going to push it. But Igor, ita€™s a tough job but hea€™s up to the challenge.a€

The news comes on the heels of the Suns snapping a franchise record 17-game losing streak that ended with a win over the Miami Heat on Monday. There was some speculation during the skid that the first-year head coacha€™s job could be in jeopardy.

a€œNo,a€ Jones said when asked whether the team had discussed the possibility of moving on from Kokoskov during the losing streak. a€œOur stance is we need to evaluate what we do periodically, but more importantly to finish the season strong. a€¦ We support Igor and the staff and wea€™ll continue to work together to try to push this forward.a€

Just prior to Jones breaking the news,A 98.7 FM Arizonaa€™s Sports Stationa€™sA John Gambadoro reported that the Suns had begun the process of finding a new general manager to replace Ryan McDonough, whom they fired prior to the start of this regular season. In the meantime, the position has been filled by co-interim GMs Jones and Trevor Bukstein.

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