HoopsHype Darren Erman rumors

July 1, 2014 Updates

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

The Warriors' other coaches began noticing a change in Erman's demeanor and behavior in March, a source said. A few weeks later, they discovered that he was recording them. After being caught, Erman told the club he had been recording the conversations for three weeks. Jackson kept Erman on his staff for another week before Warriors' management fired him. ESPN.com

Sources say the move was made because Scalabrine exhibited a consistent pattern of disrespect toward Jackson and the other coaches. Mainly, he ignored and refused to speak with the other basketball coaches. At one point, Scalabrine went five weeks without speaking to Jackson, one source said. Scalabrine even avoided the coaches on the team plane, sitting in a separate section, according to one source. ESPN.com

April 5, 2014 Updates

As today's news was breaking, I was told by a Warriors source that circumstances of Erman's dismissal are "very, very unfortunate" and made it sound like an isolated incident, but the source also didn't argue that everything that happens now is against the backdrop of a lot of coach/management tension. Everything is part of the larger story, and it all points to this: The Warriors are not going into the playoffs at full strength and Jackson's tenure will be judged largely based on the team's perceived success or failure in these playoffs. After the Erman firing, the Warriors are down to three holdover assistants -- Pete Myers, Lindsey Hunter, Ernie DeGregorio -- and now development assistant Joe Boylan presumably will move into an official assistant role. (Boylan did the halftime TV interview last night, a virtual kiss of death lately for Jackson assistants.) Contra Costa Times

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