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Will Hardy is ready to lead jazz as the NBA's youngest head coach

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Hardy knew some of the internal mechanics ofUtah Jazzbefore being appointed as the league's youngest current head coach.

Sure, it was 2009 and he was just an intern.

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Danny Ainge CEO of Basketball Operations, Justin Zanik General Manager, Will Hardy Head Coach and Ryan Smith Owner of the Utah Jazz speak pose for a photograph after a press conference about Will Hardy as the new Head Coach of the Utah Jazz at vivint.SmartHome Arena on July 05, 2022 in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

Danny Einge, CEO of Basketball Operations, Justin Zanick General Manager, Wilhardy Head Coach, Ryan Smith Owner of Utah Jazz at a press conference Later I'll talk about the pose of the photo about Will Hardy as the new head coach of Utah Jazz at the vivint.Smart Home Arena on July 5, 2022 in Salt Lake City, Utah.  (Photo by Melissa Majchrzak / NBAE via Getty Images)

Prior to his final year at Williams University, he had been running the business for eight weeks. rice field. The department spent the morning playing jazz, supporting Salt Lake Bee (a triple A affiliate ofLos Angeles Angels) in the afternoon, and spending the night at the gym rehabilitating from hip surgery. ..

One of Hardy's first missions was to tour the Bibinto Arena, a building he had never entered before his internship. It didn't interfere with him — and his ability to adapt on the spot could now help jazz well.

"They (tours) were certainly adventurous," Hardy said. "I was learning a little about the building as I went."

Utah introduced Hardy as a coach on Tuesday. The 34-year-old team, who was the assistant coach of the Boston Celtics, will steer the ship as the team sails for the reconstruction process, based on the all-star guard Donovan Mitchell.

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Head Coach Ime Udoka and Assistant Coach Will Hardy of the Boston Celtics look on during Game One of the 2022 NBA Finals on June 2, 2022 at Chase Center in San Francisco, California. 

Boston Celtics Head Coach Ime Udoka and Assistant Coach Will Hardy watched at Game 1 of the 2022 NBA Final at Chase Center in San Francisco, California on June 2, 2022. I am.  (Photo by Noah Graham / NBAE via Getty Images)

The change began when Quin Snyder resigned in June eight seasons later, and then. , Sent out three NBA defensive players of the year, Rudigobert and Royce O'Neill, and brought in Malik Beasley, Jared Vanderbilt and Patrick Beverly. The team also collected an assortment of NBA draft topicsin the first round offor use as building blocks.

Hardy is ready to accept the direction that Jazz CEO Danny Einge and GM Justin Zanick have decided to take.

"I trust Danny and Justin," Hardy said. "Their achievements and history speak for themselves, but they have been really open, communicating with me and collaborating throughout the process."

Hardy's coaching philosophy is in the interview. In the process, I beat Einge and Zanick. Einge said they gave him an exercise to learn his approach to everything from scout reports to player development plans.

"Yes, he's 34, but we didn't pay much attention because he didn't feel 34 to us," Hardy impressed with his basketball insights. Einge who received said. "He was very mature and looked very ready ... Many times in his answer he spoke my language."

Hardy , Defeated veteran NBA coaches Frank Vogel and Terry Stotts in an extensive process, including a final interview with team owner Ryan Smith and minority owner Dwayne Wade.

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Ryan Smith Owner, Will Hardy Head Coach and Danny Ainge CEO of Basketball Operations of the Utah Jazz speak during a press conference about Will Hardy as the new Head Coach at vivint.SmartHome Arena on July 05, 2022 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Ryan Smith owner, Will Hardy head coach, and Utah Jazz's Basketball Operations Danny Ainge CEO are new heads. I will talk at a press conference about Will Hardy as a coach. At the vivint.Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah on July 5, 2022. (Photo by Melissa Majchrzak / NBAE via Getty Images)

"After several steps, Will was our man and couldn't seem to. I was more excited. "

Another thing that caught Ainge's attention was Hardy's commitment to frequent practice. Because for him, repetition is a core element. But it doesn't have to be the traditional 90 minutes, Hardy said.

"I need to reframe a little. The practice is 30 minutes. It can be difficult in the middle of the season. The schedule is tight. But get into the habit and what it does I think it's to know if it's there. You need to do it at full speed. "

Hardy has, if limited, coaching experience with several players currently on the Jazz roster. When Rudy Gay played for the Spurs from 2017 to 2021, he was an assistant to Greg Popovich's staff and helped Team USA, where Mitchell played at the 2019 Basketball World Cup.

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Assistant Coaches, Joe Mazzulla and Will Hardy of the Boston Celtics talk before Game Three of the 2022 NBA Finals on June 8, 2022 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.  

Boston Celtics Assistant Coaches Joe Madsla and Wilhardy will be hosting the 2022 NBA Final on June 8, 2022 at TD Gardens in Boston, Massachusetts. Speak before Game 3 of.   (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant / NBAE via Getty Images)

Hardy puts the team on track after a chemical problem caused Utah I know I need to bring it back, I'll reveal it later last season.

"Toughness, sacrifice, and passion are the three most important things to me," Hardy said. "Our group wants to be competitive and able to deal with adversity. We want you to realize that this is bigger than the individual. As you move forward, you are in the comfort zone. Must be a little away from. ""