OAKLAND – For the second time in less than two weeks, the Warriors have dismissed an assistant coach.
Darren Erman, the No. 2 assistant and one of the chief strategists under head coach Mark Jackson, was fired after meeting with key team officials late Friday night.
General manager Bob Myers, visibly shaken, on Saturday morning stressed that Erman's dismissal was for violation of company policy – and that any Warriors employee would have been fired if committing such an infraction.
Morever, Myers insisted that Erman's separation was completely exclusive to the March 24 demotion of former assistant Brian Scalabrine. Scalabrine's removal from the staff was the result of a decision made by Jackson.
Erman's dismissal, coming near the end of his third season with the franchise, was made at the ownership/management/legal level.
"This is the type of decision that would be made across the board and irrespective of position within the organization,'' Myers said in a news release 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.''
Erman, 37, earned a reputation for devotion to task, spending countless hours in the team facility, working with players, viewing film and studying opponents.