Jordi Fernández: From Assistant Coach to Potential NBA Head Coach

It seems only a matter of time before Jordi Fernández becomes first coach of the NBA, considered as a candidate for head coach by more and more franchises in the best league in the world. On the list of candidates to be head coach of the Charlotte Hornetsthe Catalan has made it to the final cut of candidates to lead the Brooklyn Nets as pointed out by Shams Charania.

With the newly known interest of the New York franchise, there are now six NBA teams that have considered the Badalona coach for their bench. 41 years, current main assistant coach of the Sacramento Kings and senior coach of Canada. Fernández led the Canadian team to win the first medal in its history at the World Cup with bronze last summer.

The one from Badalona recovered the best Dillon Brooks in the World Cup

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Los Cleveland Cavaliers They were the first to evaluate Jordi as first coach in 2019, with JB Bickerstaff finally being chosen. The Ohio team was the Catalan’s gateway to the NBA, as he entered the player development department in 2009, working with stars such as LeBron James. Jordi Fernández was part of the coaching staff that won the 2016 ring, in addition to coaching the Cavs’ G-League affiliate, the Canton Charge, between 2014 and 2016.

The interest in Badalona multiplied last year, also considered by the Atlanta Hawks in March and interviewed by the Phoenix Suns and the Toronto Raptors in summer. In the case of the Raptors, Fernández also made the final cut along with Sergio Scariolo y Darko Rajakovicwho finally ended up being the chosen one.

The Catalan became in Toronto in December 2022 the first coach born in Spain to become a head coach in the NBA, as he took over for a quarter and a half in a Raptors – Kings after the Kings coach, Mike Brownwas expelled.

In one year, five teams have considered the Badalona coach

Jordi Fernández competes for the position in the Hornets with other candidates such as David Adelman, Nuggets assistant, Charles Lee, assistant on the Celtics coaching staff, Kevin Young – main assistant of the Suns -, and Lindsey Hardinghead coach of the Sacramento G-League team – the Stockton Kings -, and who could become the first woman to direct an NBA bench.

In the Nets, the Catalan has a tough opponent with Mike Budenholzer -NBA champion with the Bucks in 2021-, while Kevin Young is also in the process. Just like the Hornets with LaMelo Ball y Brandon Miller as spearheads, the Nets are also trying to rebuild after the all-star era with Harden, Irving y Duranttrying to put together a team around Mikal Bridges and perhaps a Ben Simmons who aims to stay in Brooklyn despite his endless history with injuries.

Jordi Fernández, a fundamental part of Nikola Jokic’s success

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The one from Badalona could become the third coach born in Europe in the entire history of the NBA after the Serbians Igor Kokoskov in his brief time with the Suns and Darko Rajakovic, who will continue to lead the Raptors.

Jordi Fernández’s detailed work, as well as his ability to innovate on defense – he is the Kings’ main defensive coordinator – and his unique ability to connect with stars like Shai Gilgeous-Alexander y Dillon Brooks in Canada or Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray in his time in Denver powerfully draw the attention of the NBA benches. Jordi has more and more girlfriends.

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