When Golden State Warriors assistant coach Darren Erman was suddenly and unexpectedly fired mid-season, the only reasoning provided was that he had violated the rules of the organization.
It’s recently come to light that Erman was relieved of his duties after recording conversations between Warriors players and coaches without their knowledge. There have been conflicting reports regarding how many conversations were recorded and nobody seems to know why or for whom he was taking the audio, but it ultimately didn’t seem to matter much to other teams around the league.
According to Yahoo! Sports, Erman was highly sought after and fielded multiple offers, including from old boss Doc Rivers and the Clippers. Ultimately, as noted at the same Yahoo! link, he has joined the Boston Celtics as Director of NBA Scouting. Not a bad landing for a mysteriously and suddenly fired young assistant coach.
As far as head coaches go, it appears as though Golden State’s Mark Jackson could be a single loss away from losing his job, if rumors are to be believed. And although there haven’t been too many specific rumors that Oklahoma City head coach Scott Brooks is on the hot seat, it wouldn’t be too hard to see Sam Presti move on. Not getting past the second round two years in a row with a top-two player and most of a top-eight player (Westbrook, when not injured) would absolutely be seen as a massive underachievement.
Phil Jackson is beginning to cause some league-wide rumblings as the boss of the New York Knicks. It seems as though Jackson is making a push to coax Steve Kerr into the position in the next couple of weeks, presumably in advance of other attractive coaching spots (Golden State, Chicago, Indiana, Oklahoma City) potentially opening up. Not a bad idea if P-Jax is truly convinced that Kerr is his man.
We’ll be back a bit later with a breakdown on the coaching debacle that was Scottie Brooks in Tuesday night’s overtime home loss to Memphis, as well as some additional notes and names in the Wolves’ coaching search.