According to ESPN Senior NBA Writer Brian Windhorst, San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Will Hardy is an under the radar candidate to become the next head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Spurs fans, according to B. Windhorst, Spurs' Will Hardy is among names linked to OKC head coaching job. #nba #gospursgo #thunderup #nbatwitter pic.twitter.com/40lO13m6lE— JeffGSpursZone (@JeffGSpursZone) September 25, 2020
ESPN Senior NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski also named Hardy and fellow San Antonio assistant coach Becky Hammon as potential head coach candidates for the Indiana Pacers earlier this September.
ESPN Sources: Pacers beginning with a wide-ranging list in coaching search, including Becky Hammon and Dave Joerger: https://t.co/aD6TZp9y7r— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 9, 2020
The 32-year-old assistant formally interviewed with the New York Knicks to fill their head coaching vacancy in June before the Eastern Conference franchise hired 2011 Coach of the Year Tom Thibodeau.
Two young head coaching candidates who made a strong impression on the Knicks in the search process, per sources: Dallas' Jamahl Mosley and San Antonio's Will Hardy.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 25, 2020
The Williams College graduate began his career with the Silver and Black as a basketball operations intern in 2010 before being promoted to assistant video coordinator in 2011 and video coordinator in 2013.
From there, Hardy served as the head coach of the Spurs Utah Summer League team from 2015 to 2018 and head coach of their Las Vegas Summer League team in 2017 and 2018.
Hardy acted as the Spurs head coach in their final scrimmage against the Pacers in the bubble leading up to their official Orlando seeding game schedule, a contest San Antonio won 118-111.
Spurs say Becky Hammon is head coach today, Mitch Johnson is head coach vs. the Nets on Saturday and Will Hardy is head coach vs. the Pacers on Tuesday.— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) July 23, 2020