HoopsHype Darren Erman rumors

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

By the way, for their sake, I sure hope Erman wasn't the guy assigned the Clippers advance-prep work all season, though I think there's a good chance he was. If he did the prep work, most of it is probably gone with his firing, right in time for the probable first-round matchup with ... the Clippers. Oops. Contra Costa Times

The Golden State Warriors have relieved Assistant Coach Darren Erman of his duties with the organization due to a violation of company policy, it was announced today. Erman, 37, was in his third season with the Warriors after spending four years with the Boston Celtics. NBA.com

“He made a mistake,” Jackson said of Erman. “He owns it. He’s done a lot for me, he’s done a lot for this organization, and I’m pulling for him to make a comeback. I’m pulling for him to move on and become a great coach, and I believe that that can happen. “It’s just tough. I’m pulling for him. The right decision was made, and we move forward, but certainly I’m pulling for him to bounce back and get back on the road that he was on.” Contra Costa Times

Diamond Leung: Darren Erman fired due to violation of company policy unrelated to basketball. Bob Myers said unrelated to Brian Scalabrine. Twitter @diamond83

Tim Kawakami: But everything is part of the larger story, and it all points to this: The Warriors are not going into the playoffs at full strength. Twitter @timkawakami

April 1, 2014 Updates
June 18, 2013 Updates

There was, however, one issue that seemed to spark his competitive nature -- when I asked about No. 1 assistant Michael Malone landing the Sacramento Kings head-coaching gig and the perception that losing Malone could severely hamper the Warriors' sideline brainpower. Jackson said it's likely that No. 2 assistant Pete Myers will move up to the top slot and No. 3 Darren Erman will move into Myers' role and that he sees no need to search for a proven "X-and-O guy" to replace Malone. And while Jackson praised Malone for all he did -- "he was great for me" -- Jackson suggested it's a fantasy to presume that Malone was the Warriors' singular strategic mastermind. San Jose Mercury-News

June 1, 2013 Updates

Source: The Warriors are more than likely going to have to replace two assistant coaches, not just one. Mike Malone taking the Kings' head-coaching job creates one vacancy and Bob Beyer is a candidate either to go with Malone to Sacramento or join Steve Clifford, the Bobcats' new head coach. Beyer and Clifford know each other well from their days in Orlando as Magic assistant coaches. Don't look for the Warriors to be in a rush to fill the vacancies; assistant coach Darren Erman is in charge of the summer-league team, so the team is adequately covered as far as offseason responsibilities. Sulia

May 20, 2013 Updates
September 18, 2012 Updates

Oakland’s Garfield Elementary school was all smiles as Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors visited their school on Monday, September 17 for the Clean Up the Classroom with The Clorox Company community event. As the tip-off event to the Warriors Back to School Week, the fourth-year Warriors guard joined Assistant Coaches Darren Erman and Kris Weems and spent the morning with Garfield’s 580 elementary school students, speaking about the importance of education and keeping a clean and tidy classroom. Curry, the coaches and The Clorox Company spokeswoman Rita Gorenberg spoke to the 3rd and 4th graders during an assembly followed by classroom visits to each 5th grade class. “We’re here to promote healthy lifestyles and classroom education; there’s a lot of students at this school so we want to make sure everybody’s taking care of themselves and provide a healthy environment to learn,” Curry said. NBA.com

September 7, 2012 Updates
July 21, 2011 Updates

New Warriors coach Mark Jackson and top assistant Mike Malone pretty much have their staff set. The new assistant coaches aren't expected to be officially announced until August, but Bay Area News Group confirmed Pete Myers, Wes Unseld Jr. and Darren Erman have agreed in principle to join the Warriors. Myers, a teammate of Jackson in New York, was an assistant for nine seasons in Chicago before working as a scout last year. Unseld Jr., the son of former NBA star Wes Unseld, spent 14 years in the Washington organization, and Erman worked for Boston the past four years. San Jose Mercury-News

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