Golden State Warriors

Warriors part with another assistant coach just two weeks before playoffs

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No one was expecting Brian Scalabrine to get sent to Santa Cruz a couple weeks back, but today’s firing of assistant coach Darren Erman was even more shocking. No one knows what happened, besides what the Warriors have released via prepared statement, so here it is:


OAKLAND, CA – 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.

“This is the type of decision that would be made across the board and irrespective of position within the organization,” said Warriors’ General Manager Bob Myers. “Obviously, the timing is unfortunate, but we hold all of our employees, whether in Basketball Operations or other aspects of the business, accountable for their actions and to the same standard. We move forward and thank Darren for his contributions.”

Marcus Thompson reported that the “violation of company policy” did not require police involvement, and that the move was not in any way tied to the Scalabrine reassignment. Myers said the violation was unrelated to basketball, so it sounds like this was a human resources matter. That could mean any number of things, and without further information (which will probably leak out in the coming days) it’s irresponsible to speculate.

What this means for the Warriors

This is a very interesting and even troubling story, but it probably doesn’t mean all that much in the short-term … or maybe even long-term. If Mark Jackson is going to keep his job, the Warriors are going to have to win at least one playoff series. There’s not much preparation left to be done; it’s all about matchups, and the Warriors have faced every team in the Western Conference often enough to get a feel for how they play.

Let’s face it — the Warriors are probably going to have a completely different coaching staff in 2014-15. That wasn’t going to change if Erman behaved himself this season, and the loss of Erman doesn’t mean the Warriors can’t defeat their first round opponent. Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andrew Bogut, Andre Iguodala, Draymond Green, David Lee, Jermaine O’Neal and Steve Blake will control the Warriors’ destiny, and even Jackson’s if they get far enough.

However … the Warriors looked like a team with nearly perfect chemistry a year ago, and now they’re shedding assistant coaches like dogs lose fur during the summer months. Unless the Warriors plan on breaking the bank for their next head coach, they’re going to need to figure out how to stop the turnover, rumors and general weirdness we’ve seen during the second half of this season. This is a team with a good amount of talent, but if the environment is toxic they’re going to have a tough time attracting the best coaching candidates — if replacing Jackson is indeed Joe Lacob’s plan.

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