- Reports indicate the Utah Jazz are set to name Boston Celtics assistant Will Hardy as their next head coach.
- The 34-year-old would become the youngest active head coach in the NBA.
- Fans across the league can’t seem to come to an agreement on their thoughts about the hire.
Welcome to the big leagues, Will Hardy.
Who is Will Hard? Good question! That’s probably the same question a number of NBA fans have asked over the last hour or so.
If reports are to believed, Hardy is the next head coach of the Utah Jazz.
Will Hardy and the Jazz are finalizing a five-year contract to make him the franchise's next coach, sources tell ESPN. Hardy, 34, will be the youngest active coach in the NBA. https://t.co/uISUNbadGJ
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 28, 2022
The Jazz fired previous coach Quin Snyder following another early playoff exit in his eighth year with the team.
Hardy spent this past year as a Boston Celtics assistant under Ime Udoka. Prior to that he spent eight seasons under Gregg Popovich with the San Antonio Spurs, including the final four seasons as an assistant coach.
Should the Hardy hire go through, he would become the youngest active NBA coach at 34 years old, three years young than Memphis Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins.
The rising coaching star was in a group of finalists for the job alongside fellow Celtics assistant Joe Mazzulla, Raptors assistant Adrian Griffin and Jazz assistant Alex Jensen according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Ultimately, Utah CEO of basketball operations Danny Ainge poached Hardy from his longtime employer.
Fans across the league seems split on the hire. Celtics fans seemed sad to see him go. While Jazz fans weren’t sure if the move means the team is rebuilding or just looking to integrate new blood.
— Adam Kaufman (@AdamMKaufman) June 28, 2022
— Caleb Turner (@calebturner23) June 28, 2022
Congrats Will. Huge loss for Ime and Celtics. Pop tree just continues to grow https://t.co/Y8UXQkX16U
— Fennis Dembo's Truth (@FennisDembo87) June 28, 2022
Bro younger than half the roster lmao let’s get this rebuild started already https://t.co/QqJjZCmLar
— 🥀 (@drunkspecialist) June 28, 2022
Jazz with another incredible hire. Hardy is going to be one of the game's best coaches ever. Truly believe that. https://t.co/5f6dVksxWA
— Raul Dominguez Jr. (@Abrjsdad) June 28, 2022