Another assistant is gone from Mark Jackson‘s bench.
Just weeks after the reassignment of Brian Scalabrine, the Golden State Warriors have fired assistant coach Darren Erman for “a violation of company policy unrelated to basketball,” General Manager Bob Myers told reporters.
Erman was the No.3 assistant on Jackson’s coaching staff and has been with the Warriors for the past three seasons. He previously worked as an assistant with the Celtics.
Since the move is unrelated to basketball, it seems unlikely that Jackson “forced” Erman out a la Scalabrine. But it is yet another PR hit for a team that is having its best season in a long time, shifting the attention away from what actually matters.
Unlike Scalabrine, Erman was an experienced member of the Warriors’ staff and played a key role in developing players. He even coached the Warriors’ summer league squad last year, so obviously Jackson puts trust in him.
According to Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group, the Warriors had to get rid of Erman now, or else it would look bad on them if what Erman did came out. What he did remains to be seen.
With Erman’s departure, this leaves the Warriors with just three assistant coaches: Pete Myers, Lindsey Hunter, and Jerry DeGregorio. Keke Lyles and Joe Boylan are listed on the Warriors’ directory as assistant coaches for player development and performance.