Jul 22, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Golden State Warriors head coach Darren Erman reacts while playing against the Phoenix Suns during the NBA Summer League Championship game at the Thomas and Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Golden State Warriors Fire Assistant Coach Darren Erman

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.

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  • afannaz

    what the hell is going on in there? mark jackson needs to hire someone (one of the unemployed former coaches, perhaps) now! hopefully this isn’t going to be an epidemic with the W’s. jackson is a good motivator, but x’s and o’s, i’m not convinced. if he can give his ego a rest, maybe he would allow himself to hire the help he needs, now that he’s two coaches down.

  • bong head

    Take it at face value for now its all just guesses until we find out what the man did..
    the bench is getting better and Harrison is coming around …. I think coach Jackson will handle team just fine