PHOENIX (AP) — One season was not enough for Igor Kokoskov to convince the Phoenix Suns that he was the man to lead the franchise into the future.
PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns have hired Utah Jazz assistant Igor Kokoskov as their new head coach.
The 46-year-old Serbian becomes the first NBA head coach born and raised outside North America. He served as a Suns assistant from 2008 to 2013, a stretch that included Phoenix's 2010 run to the Western Conference finals.
PHOENIX (AP) — A person with knowledge of the situation said interim coach Jay Triano is not among "handful" of remaining candidates for the Phoenix Suns coaching job.
The person, who asked to remain anonymous because the search is ongoing, said the Suns are in the midst of second interviews "with a handful of candidates still in the mix."
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Eric Bledsoe's disgruntled days are over.
The talented guard is getting a fresh start with the Milwaukee Bucks, who have another proven scorer to take some pressure off All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Bledsoe, who wanted out of Phoenix, was traded to the Bucks on Tuesday in exchange for big man Greg Monroe and two 2018 draft picks.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland Trail Blazers didn't expect to see the same Phoenix team they beat by a record score in the season opener.
They were right.
Damian Lillard scored 25 points, C.J. McCollum had 23 and the Trail Blazers outlasted persistent Phoenix 114-107 on Saturday night.
PHOENIX (AP) — After three games this season, the Phoenix Suns were allowing almost 129 points per game. Now they're playing tough defense, believe it or not.
The Suns have undergone a strange, unexpected transformation since interim coach Jay Triano took over when Earl Watson was fired two games ago.
"They're just having fun," Utah's Rudy Gobert said, "playing hard and playing free and good things can happen when you do that."
PHOENIX (AP) — On his way out of Phoenix's locker room Monday night, Devin Booker popped his head into the coaches' office to congratulate interim coach Jay Triano.
The Suns had a perfect response to a rough time for the franchise.
Booker scored 22 points, including two free throws with 9.8 seconds to play, and Phoenix beat the Sacramento Kings 117-115 for its first win of the season in its first game under Triano.
PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix point guard Eric Bledsoe was sent home Monday, a day after the Suns fired coach Earl Watson and replaced him on an interim basis with Jay Triano.
About the time that word of Watson's firing was leaking out, Bledsoe sent a tweet Sunday that read "Don't wanna be here."
General manager Ryan McDonough said Bledsoe told him that he was at a hair salon and that's what the tweet was about, that it had nothing to do with the Suns. "I don't believe that to be true," McDonough said.
PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns have fired coach Earl Watson just three games in to the NBA season.
The Suns announced the firing Sunday night after hours of meetings at the team's headquarters.
Assistant coach Jay Triano, a former head coach of the Toronto Raptors, was named interim coach.
PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns probably won't have much to celebrate in terms of wins and losses in the franchise's 50th year.
The Suns' plan for eventual success is called "the timeline," referring to the rate of growth and maturation of young talent to the point the team will contend again. With a roster dotted with players not yet old enough to buy a beer, that point seems a few years away.
PHOENIX (AP) — There was a time, long ago, that the Phoenix Suns were winners playing the most entertaining style in the NBA.
It's been seven years, though, since the Suns made the playoffs.
Now they're the youngest squad in the league and maybe, just maybe, they have the makings of success.
PHOENIX (AP) — When both teams went with youngsters for the second half, the Phoenix Suns knew they had an advantage over the Dallas Mavericks.
The Suns have been giving quality minutes to their rookies and younger players for months. It showed, as Phoenix turned a three-point halftime lead into a 124-111 victory Sunday night in its home finale.
T.J. Warren and Devin Booker each scored 21 points, and Tyler Ulis added 20 points and 10 assists. Warren made all eight of his shots.
ATLANTA (AP) — Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker sat out Tuesday's game against the Atlanta Hawks with an ankle injury that he aggravated in his 70-point performance.
Booker was already having problems with his right ankle when he set a franchise record and became the youngest player to reach 70 points in last Friday's game at Boston.
He played 35 minutes Sunday at Charlotte, scoring 23 points. But coach Earl Watson decided to give the 20-year-old the night off in Atlanta.
PHOENIX (AP) — In what Bojan Bogdanovic called "a completely strange game," the Washington Wizards went to the free throw line — again and again and again.
That made the difference in the Wizards' 131-127 victory over pesky Phoenix on Tuesday night.
The Wizards shot 53 free throws, the most in the NBA this season, and made 42 of them. The Suns were 26 of 33.
No one benefited more than Bogdanovic, who set a franchise record for free throws made by going 16 of 16.
PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns were 20th in the NBA in field goal percentage, making 45 percent of their shots on the season.
On Thursday night, they got hot.
Marquese Chriss scored 17 points and the Suns shot a season-best 59.7 percent in a 120-103 victory over the Charlotte Hornets.
Chriss made 6 of 9 shots and missed roughly a full quarter after straining a calf early in the first period.
PHOENIX (AP) — The New Orleans Pelicans played the Phoenix Suns, so of course the game went down to the wire.
Anthony Davis scored six consecutive New Orleans points, including the go-ahead rebound basket with 40.3 seconds to play, and the Pelicans escaped with a 110-108 victory Monday night.
New Orleans won the exceedingly close season series 3-1. Two games were one-pointers in overtime, the other a five-point Pelicans win.
"They have all been like this," New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry said.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Devin Booker is very proud of his Mexican heritage. But eating grasshopper tacos, a local delicacy? That's where the Phoenix Suns star apparently draws the line.
"No, I did not try them, but I guess I will have to before I leave", Booker said Wednesday after practice at Arena Ciudad de Mexico.
PHOENIX (AP) — The young Phoenix Suns might be pushovers to some in the NBA. On Thursday night, they sought to be the aggressors.
It worked in the second half, as the Suns showed grit on both offense and defense in beating the Toronto Raptors 99-91.
Eric Bledsoe scored 22 points, Devin Booker had nine of his 19 in the fourth quarter, and the Suns held the Raptors to 40 percent shooting.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Phoenix Suns forward T.J. Warren will return to action Saturday against the Oklahoma City Thunder after missing 13 games with a head injury.
Suns coach Earl Watson made the announcement before the game. Warren averaged 17.7 points and 4.3 assists in 13 games, all starts. Watson said during his pregame announcement that Warren would not start.
PHOENIX (AP) — Eric Bledsoe took over in overtime, and all Kristaps Porzingis could do was sit and watch.
That was the difference in the Phoenix Suns' 113-111 victory over the New York Knicks on Tuesday night.
Bledsoe scored the go-ahead points on a driving, left-handed layup with 30 seconds to play, the last of eight straight points for the Suns point guard in OT.
PHOENIX (AP) — Triple-doubles are nothing new to Tim Frazier.
He had five with the Maine Red Claws, where he was D-League player of the year in 2015. Now he can add one with the New Orleans Pelicans, and that is a much bigger deal.
Frazier had 14 points, a career-high 11 rebounds and 11 assists, helping the Pelicans rally from a 15-point second-half deficit to beat the Phoenix Suns 120-119 in overtime Sunday night, snapping a five-game losing streak.
PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns' veterans are sometimes forgotten on a team with several players in their teens and early 20s. It was experienced players who made the difference Wednesday night, though.
Brandon Knight scored 23 points off the bench and Phoenix reserves combined for 54 as the Suns held off the slumping Atlanta Hawks 109-107 thanks to a key fourth-quarter run.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Phoenix Suns coach Earl Watson views his team as young and still a work in progress.
The Suns, however, seemed to take a critical step on the defensive end Wednesday night in a 92-87 victory over Orlando that concluded an otherwise disappointing road trip.
With Devin Booker, Eric Bledsoe and Alex Len leading the way, Phoenix limited the Magic to just 36 percent shooting from the field and only 28 percent shooting from 3-point range.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Brandon Knight and the Phoenix Suns' backups outlasted the Indiana Pacers on Friday night.
Knight scored 17 points and helped the bench players combine for an NBA season-best 78 points in the Suns' 116-96 victory over the Pacers.
Jared Dudley added 16 points, Alan Williams had 15 points, and Devin Booker and Leandro Barbosa 13 each. The Suns improved to 4-9 with their second road victory.
PHOENIX (AP) — The last 24 hours weren't easy on the Phoenix Suns, but they pulled together and got a win.
The team landed at 3 a.m. from a close loss at Portland on Tuesday night, having already learned before that game that center Tyson Chandler's mother had died. Chandler was away from the team Wednesday as well.
They trailed by as many as 11 points, but Eric Bledsoe scored 14 of his 21 in the fourth quarter to help the Suns to a 107-100 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Things were a little fuzzy for Phoenix Suns coach Earl Watson after watching Devin Booker tie the game with a tough shot at the regulation buzzer.
"I remember the shot, but honestly I don't remember the play," he said. "I'm going to watch (the game) tonight on the plane. I will collect my thoughts and will try to see what I was thinking.