With a number of head coaching jobs popping up around the NBA, it’s no surprise that members of the San Antonio Spurs coaching staff are among the potential candidates. That includes head coach Gregg Popovich, who doesn’t appear to be going anywhere for the foreseeable future, as well as his assistant coaches. Both Becky Hammon and Will Hardy are appearing in headlines as candidates for recent jobs including the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Spurs’ Will Hardy Among Candidates for Thunder Coaching Vacancy
Based on a report from ESPN’s Senior NBA writer Brian Windhorst, the Oklahoma City Thunder have San Antonio Spurs assistant Will Hardy on their list of candidates. OKC is looking to fill the vacancy after five seasons with Billy Donovan as head coach.
Following their first-round exit from the NBA playoffs, Donovan and the team mutually parted ways as his contract wasn’t renewed. Donovan was then hired as the Chicago Bulls’ new head coach just last week.
That leaves the OKC spot open for Will Hardy to potentially land his first NBA head coaching job.
It’s not the first time Will Hardy’s name has popped up as a candidate for a head coaching job either. Earlier this month, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that both Hardy and Becky Hammon were interview candidates for the Indiana Pacers head coaching job.
Hammon’s name has popped up in other rumors and reports, including one where former Pacers All-Star and current analyst Reggie Miller suggested the Houston Rockets should hire her. As of this report, it’s unknown if OKC is also considering Hammon, as her name hasn’t surfaced yet.
Hardy’s Resume Includes 10 seasons with Spurs
A graduate of Williams College, Will Hardy has been learning from the man many consider the best in coaching, Gregg Popovich, for at least four seasons now. However, he’s worked with the San Antonio Spurs for 10 seasons including several years as team video coordinator. Hardy was also on the sidelines as part of the Team USA coaching staff at the 2019 FIBA World Cup.
He’s no stranger to working as a head coach either. Hardy filled that role for the 2017 and 2018 Spurs Las Vegas summer league team. In addition, he coached the team for a scrimmage at the NBA bubble this past July.
Of course, those all play a part in teams considering Hardy for jobs around the league. However, many organizations realize the value of bringing in someone with the insight gained from working alongside one of the game’s true coaching masters, Gregg Popovich.
Becky Hammon and Tim Duncan are also gaining that experience and insight. While Duncan has expressed less interest in being a head coach, it appears inevitable that both Hardy and Hammon will have head coaching jobs in the league. Visit our Spurs page to get more player, team, and coaching stories.