Will Hardy appears to be fed up with the current state of the Utah Jazz. The Jazz lost to the Dallas Mavericks by 50 points on Dec. 6, 2023, and Hardy was none too pleased. Speaking to the media (via SB Nation), Hardy talked about this team's lack of effort in the 50-point drubbing, calling it a "horrendous performance from start to finish" and, perfectly, "a masterpiece of dogs--t."
Hardy though, did address one of the team's major issues, and something he saw the Mavericks doing that the Jazz just don't; putting in effort. The Utah Jazz head coach talked about how the Mavs seemed to be playing at a different pace than the Jazz all night, and that seemed to be a big factor in the outcome.
The Jazz didn't heed their coach's comments, however, and went on to lose to the Los Angeles Clippers a few nights later, by a smaller margin but still, a loss.
The Jazz have had issues with effort and efficiency all season and while some will try and brush this away with the tired excuse, "Well, it's hard for guys who know they're not sticking around long-term to put in the effort", we would like to reply with; they're professionals, they have a job to do.
Most of the guys with effort questions, like Collin Sexton, Jordan Clarkson, and a few others may not be long for the Jazz, but you would think pride and dignity would be a rallying cry to try and get the team to be as good as possible. It is, after all, their legacy they're affecting. But, that doesn't seem to matter.
Moreover, it's worth pointing out that despite Hardy believing, to some degree, that this is a team with effort issues, he continues to play the same guys day in and day out. So what does that say about his coaching methodology?
Clearly the Jazz need massive changes, and we can't wait for changes to be made.