Hire a new jazz coach for a week, Will Hardy It was finally introduced to the media on Tuesday, the time to run his first big trade with Rudy Gobert’s departure for Wolves.
At the age of 34, he is the strongman for changing direction in Salt Lake City, and the person who will lay the foundations for a new venture that wants to be as solid as possible.
Arriving from Boston where he helped Ime Udoka after spending ten years at Tottenham, Hardy fell in love with the Utah front desk, who was convinced he had got his hands on the rare pearl.
“Of course he’s 34, but he didn’t look at us at 34 and we didn’t really pay attention to him”Danny Ainge said in particular. “He seemed so mature, so ready… Several times in his answers, he spoke the same language as me (…). It was as if after the few steps we had taken Will was our man and we couldn’t be more excited.”
The hiring process was long and intense, with extensive interviews to get his perspective and method on just about everything, from survey reports to player development exercises, all the way to the final interview with owner Ryan Smith and minority contributor Dwyane Wade.
The team is above the rest
Like Danny Ainge, Will Hardy, for example, believes courses shouldn’t be overused, even if he also knows how to be flexible on this principle.
“We have to paraphrase that a little bit. Training can last 30 minutes. Mid-season can be tough. The schedule is stressful. But I think to form habits and know how to do it right, you have to do it all the way.”captured.
Realizing the scale of the task, Will Hardy arrives in a new city with a reconstituted team and a hierarchy to redefine it. There is no doubt that he will be able to count on veteran Rudy Gay, whom he knew from 2017-2021 at Tottenham, or Donovan Mitchell, now the team’s only captain who also came into contact with him during the 2019 World Cup.
For the rest, he will have to define the framework and drive this new dynamic.
“Strength, sacrifice and passion are the three most important things to me. I want our group to be fiercely competitive and able to stand up to adversity. I would like everyone to realize that all of this is beyond their personal condition. Everyone will have to step out of their comfort zone a little bit as we move forward,” I have promised.