The last bench left free in the NBA, the Utah Jazz, already has a tenant: Will Hardy will take over a position he had held for eight years Quin Sny
The last bench left free in the NBA, the Utah Jazz, already has a tenant: Will Hardy will take over a position he had held for eight years Quin Snyder, who turned a rebuilding team into a contender for the ring and left with a balance of 372 wins and 264 losses. Hardy has been chosen after a meticulous election in which fifteen candidates have been tested. The goal is to find a way to grow beyond what ends up being an unbreakable ceiling: six straight years in the playoffs, not a single ticket to the Western Conference finals.
Hardy is only 34 years old and is now the youngest head coach in the NBA. He will sign a five-year deal after convincing CEO Danny Ainge and general manager Justin Zanik. During the course he just finished he was Ime Udoka’s right-hand man in the Celtics who reached the Finals and were only two wins away from the championship ring. Before that, he had spent five years at the Spurs, where he was promoted with Gregg Popovich from video coordinator to assistant. From the hand of the legendary Texans coach, he also went through the technical organization chart of the United States team.
The Jazz have also made a media signing for the offices: after 18 years on the bench, David Fizdale signs as assistant general manager. Last season, Fizdale returned to the limelight as an assistant to Frank Vogel on the Lakers, but he was unlucky in what was an annus horribilis for the Angelenos.
Now it remains to be seen what moves a team that ended last season very upset makes in free agency, with bad feelings, a bad atmosphere and an ugly elimination in the first round of the playoffs against some Mavericks who spent half a tie without Luka Doncic. Despite the rumors of a definitive gap, for now neither Donovan Mitchell nor Rudy Gobert have left, so everything indicates that in Salt Lake City they want to build again around their two all stars. But it remains to be seen how events unfold in the coming days and what Will Hardy’s arrival on the bench implies.