Suns coach Igor Kokoskov not opposed to shutting down Devin Booker for a while
Phoenix Suns head coach Igor Kokoskov is not opposed to the idea of shutting down Devin Booker for a while. Booker missed three games back in November due to a hamstring injury, the same injury he sustained Sunday night against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Duane Rankin of AZ Central wrote about Booker’s re-aggravated injury and how Kokoskov will approach his prized shooting guard’s status.
A frustrated Booker noticeably limped to the team bus after the game and politely declined to comment about the injury. Suns first-year coach Kokoskov said he isn’t opposed to shutting down Booker, who has had multiple injuries already this season.
“I’m very open (to the idea), but that’s not my jurisdiction when it comes to the medical staff,” Kokoskov said. “We have a great medical staff. They’re going to tell me as an organization what we should do.”
Booker, 22, has been the Suns’ primary playmaker this season. The third-year man out of Kentucky is norming averages of 23.5 points, 3.6 rebounds and 6.7 assists per game this year.
The Suns are currently sitting on a league-worst 4-19 record. The team’s failure to acquire a seasoned point guard forced Booker to assume facilitating duties and has delivered quite good individual results since. However, re-aggravating the same injury could be a cause for more caution and it’s safe to say that Booker will definitely miss more games.