View Count: 246 |  Publish Date: April 06, 2014
Assistant Erman fired for violating Warriors' team policy

For the second time in less than two weeks, the Warriors have removed a coach from their staff.
The team announced in a two-paragraph statement Saturday that assistant coach Darren Erman had been fired due to a violation of company policy.
Erman, 37, had been with the Warriors for three seasons after spending the previous four 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 in the statement. 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.
Asked at Saturdays practice whether the incident that led to Ermans dismissal was crime related, Myers said, Im not really at liberty to discuss the specifics of what was violated, just to say that it was an organizational policy that was violated. I cant get into the specifics of what occurred.
Myers said the team learned of the issue a couple days ago and began an investigation.
In any situation like this, you hear about it and then you have to do your research as to what transpired because this is not a decision we take lightly. We wanted to make sure we followed the correct protocol.
The decision to fire Erman was made Friday night, Myers said, adding, With something like this, it needed to be discussed with general counsel and HR, as we would with any employee. So we took a couple days to go through the proper channels.
On March 25, assistant coach Brian Scalabrine was sent to the Warriors D-League team in Santa Cruz. That move was widely seen as an indication of friction between head coach Mark Jackson and Scalabrine.
I can say this is unrelated, said Myers when asked if there was any connection between the two coaching moves. Different entirely. Mutually exclusive.
In his bio on, Erman was described as the Warriors assistant coach for player development. A native of Louisville, Erman began coaching as a student coach at Emory University, from which he graduated in 1997. He worked at various high schools and colleges before being hired by the Celtics and was with Boston during the 2008 title season.
Jackson is eager to move past Ermans firing.
He made a mistake, he owns it, Jackson said at practice Saturday. Im pulling for him to make a comeback, to move on and become a great coach. We appreciate all he did here, and we move on.
Jackson said he is not planning to immediately hire anyone to fill the opening.
Im very comfortable and confident with the guys we have. We continue to march on to the assignment.
In addition, he said he doesnt expect the team to be affected by Ermans firing.
Weve proven to be a tough group. When we say its just us its just us. This is a group that understands where were at and where were headed.
Where theyre at is sixth place in the Western Conference standings. Where they hope to be is the playoffs, a berth in which has not yet been secured but is well within reach. There are only six games left in the regular season and the Warriors host Utah on Sunday. The Jazz (24-52) have the worst record in the West, have dropped eight of their past 10, and are a conference-worst 8-30 on the road.
Warriors on Sunday
Who: Jazz (24-52) vs. Warriors (47-29)
Where: Oracle Arena
When: 6 p.m.
TV/Radio: CSNBA/1050

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