The Orlando Magic will not be hiring a new head coach for the remainder of the 2014/15 season. Instead, they hired a new lead assistant, former Los Angeles Clippers, Detroit Pistons, Phoenix Suns and Cleveland Cavaliers assistant Igor Kokoskov, to help out first time head coach James Borrego the remainder of the season.
After head coach Jacque Vaughn was fired a week before the All-Star game, Borrego took over at the helm, leading the Magic to a 2-2 record in four games leading up to the week-long break. With Vaughn gone and Borrego having no experience as a head coach, many wondered if the Magic would choose to do what the Sacramento Kings did and hire a head coach for the remainder of the season.
Kokoskov was the first non-American born coach to have full-time assistant jobs with an NCAA Division I-A school, and NBA team, doing so at the University of Missouri, and the Clippers respectively. The 43-year-old Serbia native has also had success internationally as an assistant and head coach, assisting the Serbian National team during the 2004 Olympics, and taking the Republic of Georgia team to the European Championships twice between 2008-2014.
It's expected that Kokoskov will be the Magic's offensive coordinator, a role he held previously with the Cavaliers and Suns. With how much the team has struggled to find consistency on that end, any help they can get for the remaining 26 games of the season should be welcoming.