Will Hardy and Jazz are finalizing the five-year deal to make him the franchise’s next coach.
Hardy is going to be the youngest active coach in NBA. Hardy’s basketball experience has been praised at each stage of his NBA career. Despite the fact that he has never been a team leader at the NBA level.
Will Hardy, an assistant coach with the Boston Celtics, has accepted a job offer to lead the Utah Jazz, a person familiar with the talks said on Tuesday.
According to the source who spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because neither Hardy nor the Jazz made the agreement public. The contract language was still being finalized.
Hardy will make his debut as an NBA head coach. Quin Snyder, who opted to leave the Jazz earlier this month after eight seasons, will be replaced by him.
Coach who has worked under Popovich knows how to win
Hardy played in Boston for one season, assisting the Celtics in their NBA Finals run. His first 11 seasons were spent with the San Antonio Spurs, where he began as an assistant in basketball operations. He ultimately raised to the position of assistant coach under five-time NBA champion and leader Gregg Popovich.
Additionally, Hardy supported Popovich as USA Basketball competed in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the 2019 Basketball World Cup. In order to work for another former Spurs assistant, Ime Udoka, who led the Celtics to the NBA Finals in his first season as head coach. Hardy relocated from San Antonio to Boston.
It makes sense that the Jazz picked Hardy as their new coach given the dominance of the Popovich coaching dynasty in the NBA. There are some notable coaches who have learned from Popovich better know how to him. Hardy has long been known as a talented coach that cannot be neglected.
NBA players who became the Coach later on
The lone NBA team without a head coach was Utah. Utah also became the fourth team to fill the position since the regular season’s conclusion. A number of NBA players have been hired recently. They includes Sacramento’s Brown, the Los Angeles Lakers’ Darvin Ham, Charlotte’s Steve Clifford for a second stint, and the Jazz’s 34-year-old Hardy, who is younger than some Basketball players.
The Jazz are among three teams that have qualified for the postseason in the previous six seasons, along with Boston and Milwaukee. This year, Utah won 49 games, and Snyder had a 372-264 record with the Jazz.