Report: Lakers close to hiring Georgian national team coach Igor Kokoskov as assistant

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The Lakers are really taking to proceeding slowly.

Whether it’s hiring a head coach or filling out the roster, they’re moving at a snail’s pace.

Even hiring assistant coaches is taking forever.

Paul Pressey, Mark Madsen and Robert Horry were reported candidates for Byron Scott’s staff, but the Lakers’ official site still lists only Johnny Davis – a Mike D’Antoni holdover – as an assistant coach. (Madsen is listed as a player-development coach.)

The Lakers are close to adding another coach, someone who worked for former Lakers coach Mike Brown last season.

Marc Stein of ESPN:

Kokoskov, a native Serbian, spent his summer guiding Georgia through EuroBasket qualifying.

But at this point, though, he’s a true NBA coach. He’ll be entering his 15th year in the league, having worked for the Cavaliers, Suns, Pistons and Clippers.

When Cleveland hired him last year, Earl Boykins told Kyrie Irving, via Mary Schmitt Boyer of The Plain Dealer:

“You’re going to love this guy,” Boykins said in a telephone interview from his home in Denver. “He believes point guards should have the ball all the time.”

Jeremy Lin might like that, but I wonder how Kobe Bryant feels.