Just the other week, we thought we might lose assistant coach Becky Hammon to the Portland Trail Blazers. While that didn’t happen, we did just find out that we will be losing assistant coach Will Hardy to the Boston Celtics. Although we will be sad to see him leave the Spurs family, this looks like it will be a great move for Hardy’s career. Let’s find out more about this recent development.
Will Hardy Should be an Ideal Fit for the Boston Celtics
Jay King, Celtics reporter for The Athletic, broke the news on Twitter:
The text says, “The Celtics and new head coach Ime Udoka are finalizing adding Spurs assistant Will Hardy to Udoka’s coaching staff, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA. Hardy, widely respected, played his college ball in MA at Williams.”
Hardy’s coaching skills have made him a coveted asset during the decade he has spent with the Spurs. The Indiana Pacers, Oklahoma City Thunder, and New York Knicks have all considered recruiting him previously.
Transitioning to working with the Celtics is a smart move for Hardy, as he already has an established working relationship with head coach Ime Udoka. Indeed, Udoka also has a history with the Spurs.
NBC says, “Udoka spent seven seasons with the Spurs as an assistant coach from 2012 to 2019. Udoka and Hardy were two of head coach Gregg Popovich’s top assistants alongside Becky Hammon before Udoka left for the Philadelphia 76ers in 2019.”
USA Today writes, “Alongside sharing assistant duties on Pop’s staff for four seasons, Hardy also joined Udoka as an assistant on the Team USA coaching staff for the 2019 FIBA World Cup, giving him a head start creating relationships with Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart.”
This is the first time that Udoka has ever served as head coach. So, this is an ideal time for him and Hardy to support one another in new roles. It also makes sense that Hardy might be missing Massachusetts, given that he spent his university days playing for Williams College. This is a chance for him to go back to his east coast roots.
Hardy’s shoes will be hard to fill with the Spurs. But I am excited for him to take this next step in his career, and will be following what he does with the Celtics. We also will be interested to see what other staff changes take place now that Udoka is in charge. In the meantime, I am just glad that we still have Becky onboard. Good luck, Will Hardy!