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Phoenix Suns General Manager James Jones discusses hunt for new coach

James Jones
Posted at 3:40 PM, Apr 24, 2019

PHOENIX, AZ — The Phoenix Suns are in the hunt for a new head coach. Again.

On Wednesday, General Manager James Jones addressed the media after making the decision to fire coach Igor Kokoskov earlier in the week.

"(It's) not something I take lightly," Jones said. "I just thought it was in the best interest of the franchise to go in a different direction."

Kokoskov lasted just a single season with the Suns, compiling a record of 19-63.

"The wins and losses this year weren't the factor that I really focused on," Jones said. "It was just a collective set of issues that I thought we could improve on."

Jones said he made the decision to move on from Kokoskov.

"There has not been a decision I've made that was dictated to me," he said.

Kokoskov's replacement will become the team's fifth head coach in five seasons. Jones, officially named General Manager earlier this month, says he is focused on the future.

"I'll have to make the moves that give everyone confidence that stability is coming and that we can maintain it," Jones said. "All you need to know is that is our goal."

Jones wouldn't comment on potential candidates, but said he wants to move swiftly, but remain thorough, in the coaching search.