Pete Myers Rumors
Signs point to Pete Myers returning to the franchise he played and was an assistant for nine seasons before Tom Thibodeau let him go in 2010. Current assistant Mike Wilhelm is expected to be retained.
23 Dec 14
Last off-season, when Mike Malone took the Kings’ head coaching job, Lacob and Myers approached Jackson about getting another experienced assistant to serve as his chief deputy. Jackson fought hard to promote from within (Pete Myers). The new assistant added to replace Malone — Brian Scalabrine — was at the end of the coaching bench. This decision set the tone, more than any personal squabble over where Jackson would live or where an assistant would park, for how his season would be evaluated.
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.)
Following the Warriors 99-90 loss to the San Antonio Spurs last Saturday, assistant coaches Brian Scalabrine and Pete Myers engaged in a heated verbal altercation, likely leading to the reassignment of Scalabrine, according to sources.
There had been rumblings in the locker room about Malone’s value being overblown by media, and that he was more focused on landing his first head coaching gig. And Jackson went out of his way to pump up assistant coach Pete Myers’ talent as a budding head coach, almost as a rebuttal to talk about Malone’s value to the Warriors’ success.