The Golden State Warriors announced on Saturday that assistant coach Darren Erman has been fired for violation of company policy.
“This is the type of decision that would be made across the board and irrespective of position within the organization,” said Warriors GM Bob Myers in a statement.
The move came less than two weeks after another assistant coach, Brian Scalabrine, was reassigned to the Warriors’ D-League affiliate in Santa Cruz.
“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," said Myers. "We move forward and thank Darren for his contributions.”
Erman, 37, joined the Warriors prior to the 2011- 12 season after spending the four previous seasons with the Boston Celtics. Last summer, Erman coached the Warriors’ Summer League team to their first championship.
Warriors coach Mark Jackson discussed the firing with the media after Saturday’s practice.
"He (Erman) made a mistake," said Jackson, according to Diamond Leung of the Bay Area News Group. "He owns it. He's done a lot for me. He's done a lot for this organization and I'm pulling for him to make a comeback. I'm pulling for him to move on and become a great coach and I believe that can happen.”
The specific policy violated was not disclosed. With the Warriors gearing up for a second consecutive playoff run, what Erman did must have posed a serious threat to the organization to warrant such a severe action. It will be interesting to find out what it was when it does get revealed.
Pete Myers, Lindsey Hunter, Jerry DeGregorio, Joe Boylan and Keke Lyles remain as assistant coaches on Jackson’s staff.