HoopsHype Darren Erman rumors

November 20, 2014 Updates

As Boston Celtics star Rajon Rondo sat next to assistant coach Darren Erman, a reporter decided to put Rondo on the spot: What’s the smartest thing Erman has ever told you? The question came in a half-joking tone, but Rondo, after finishing practice Thursday afternoon at FedExForum, responded with the utmost praise. “He’s the best guy in the league to me as far as scouting reports,” Rondo said. “I call him Baby Thibodeau. Thibs is the best at it, to me, defensively. He’s the best defensive coach I’ve ever played for. (Erman is) pretty much a miniature Thibodeau.” Booth Newspapers

October 5, 2014 Updates

Darren Erman’s exit from the Warriors was controversial; he was fired by coach Mark Jackson for apparently recording private conversations after feeling betrayed by the rest of the coaching staff. But he has received nothing but positive reviews in his return to the Celtics as an assistant coach, replacing Ron Adams. “Darren’s really a great defensive coach,” Stevens said. “He’s more than that. He is as detail-oriented as detail-oriented gets. If your hands aren’t in the right place as you’re guarding the pick-and-roll or if your body positioning is not at the right angle, he’ll stop it and he’ll correct it. He’s really studied the game and I think that adds another good, young, ambitious guy that’s really excited to help these guys get better.” Boston Globe

October 3, 2014 Updates
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To help fill out the Celtics’ staff, Stevens will add Darren Erman as an assistant, the sources said. Erman recently was named the Celtics’ director of NBA scouting after being fired by the Warriors in April for taping conversations with fellow members of the coaching staff without their knowledge. Erman also worked for the Celtics as an assistant coach for four seasons under Doc Rivers, including the team’s 2007-08 championship season. Boston Globe

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Ultimate judgments should still be reserved because the second half of the story has yet to unfold. Jackson's personality rubbed ownership and management the wrong way, and they grew tired of the silliness that took place on his coaching staff. Two assistant coaches, Brian Scalabrine and Darren Erman, were removed during the season as distrust from all corners spread. No one seemed to care anymore that Jackson had his players behind him or that he led the way in a surprising second round playoff appearance in 2013 or that the Warriors posted their best regular season record since the 1993-94 campaign while executing on Lacob's top priority of improving the team defensively (third in points allowed per possession). USA Today Sports

April 29, 2014 Updates

Multiple league sources confirmed the gist of Broussard’s report, and that Erman was concerned Mark Jackson and other coaches loyal to Jackson were insulting Erman to other players behind Erman’s back. The team had no choice but to fire Erman. However, the front office is fond of Erman and was upset at having to let him go, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter. The Erman firing and demotion of Brian Scalabrine have raised tensions throughout the Warriors’ organization. Grantland

When Golden State Warriors assistant coach Darren Erman was fired earlier this month, the reason given was a "violation of company policy." It turns out that Erman's violation was secretly recording conversations between the team's coaches and players, according to sources with knowledge of the situation. ESPN.com

It is unclear what Erman did with the recordings. The sources weren't sure if he shared them with the club's owners or front office executives. "Was he taping it for himself or was he taping it for management? That's not known," a source said. "But he had a lot of communication with members of the front office." ESPN.com

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