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Jazz hire former Celtics assistant Will Hardy as next head coach, David Fizdale as associate GM

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 2022-06-28
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Celtics assistant Will Hardy has landed the Jazz's head-coaching job. Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Will Hardy — who served as Celtics head coach Ime Udoka's top assistant for one season — was part of a group of finalists for the gig that also included Boston assistant Joe Mazzulla, Toronto Raptors assistant Adrian Griffin and Jazz assistant Alex Jensen, according to Wojnarowski. The 34-year-old played Division III basketball at Williams College and began his post-playing career as a video coordinator for the San Antonio Spurs before being promoted to an assistant coach under Gregg Popovich.

Fizdale spent the 2021-22 campaign as an assistant on the Los Angeles Lakers' bench, but he was dismissed by new head coach Darvin Ham in early June. The 48-year-old hasn't held an NBA front-office role, but has nearly two decades of coaching experience in the association.

Fizdale had roles as an assistant with the Golden State Warriors, Atlanta Hawks and Miami Heat from 2003 to 2016, before landing his first head-coaching gig with the Memphis Grizzlies ahead of the 2016-17 season. In one-plus year with Memphis, Fizdale led the team to a 50-51 regular-season mark and 2-4 record in the playoffs.

He was hired as the head coach of the New York Knicks in May 2018, and in one-plus seasons with the group, the Knicks went 21-83.

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