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Lakers 'close' to adding Igor Kokoskov to coaching staff, according to report

Byron Scott's coaching staff could add a European coach with an impressive resume.

Christof Koepsel

The Los Angeles Lakers may have Byron Scott in place as their new head coach, but the rest of the coaching staff is still pending. Scott has pegged Igor Kokoskov, a European coach with extensive NBA experience, to join his staff, according to ESPN's Marc Stein. The two sides have not reached an agreement, though Scott is "closing" on bringing him to Los Angeles. Stein also notes that Kokoskov most recently was on Mike Brown's staff in Cleveland last season, and coached Georgia to the qualification stage for EuroBasket 2015.

Kokoskov has a long coaching history. He was the first non-American (born in Serbia) to be hired as a full-time coaching assistant in 2000 when he joined the Los Angeles Clippers. He also coached under Larry Brown with the Detroit Pistons and was part of the coaching staff that won the NBA championship in 2004. Kokoskov went on to coach for the Phoenix Suns from 2008-2013

If you want an additional "Lakers" tie besides coaching under Mike Brown and the 2004 NBA Finals, he also became the first non-American to hold a full-time position at the NCAA 1-A level when he coached under former Lakers assistant Quinn Snyder at the University of Missouri in 1999.

Kokoskov boasts 14 years of NBA experience, along with an impressive resume that includes an NBA championship.

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