James Jones took ownership of his first major decision as general manager of the Phoenix Suns without the interim tag.
Jones said Wednesday morning he made the decision to fire Igor Kokoskov after just one season as head coach, two weeks after the Suns finished the second-worst record in franchise history at 19-63.
"The decision I had to make Monday was a tough one," Jones said. "Not something I take lightly separating from Igor and deciding to take the franchise in a different direction. It was tough, but after evaluating everything, all the different collective factors that I had to consider as we move into the offseason, as we plot a new beginning for the Suns franchise, I just thought it was in the best interest of the franchise to go in a different direction."
Team owner Robert Sarver has been widely criticized for the revolving coaching door in Phoenix.