The Golden State Warriors lost two assistant coaches this season due to bizarre events.
Warriors management demoted first-year assistant Brian Scalabrine to the club’s D-League affiliate in Santa Cruz, and then fired assistant coach Darren Erman earlier this month for violating company policy.
Chris Broussard of ESPN writes that Erman was fired for secretly recording conversations between the team’s coaches and players.
Sources said Erman, who was coach Mark Jackson’s second assistant, would record coaches’ meetings, meetings between the coaches and players, and informal discussions among coaches that took place in the team’s coaches room — all without the participants’ knowledge.
“He was taping everything,” one source said. “Taping pregame speeches wouldn’t have been that bad, but he was taping guys just sitting around talking in the coaches’ office.”
Sometimes Erman would be present during the tapings. Other times, he would leave the room and leave his phone behind to record conversations the other coaches were having.
It is unclear what Erman did with the recordings. The sources weren’t sure whether he shared them with the club’s owners or front-office executives.
Warriors management fired Erman on April 5.
Erman is now the director of NBA scouting for the Boston Celtics, reports Yahoo Sports.
“Darren worked with us for four years and he was one of the hardest working, most competent and intelligent members of our organization,” Celtics general manager Danny Ainge told Yahoo Sports. “We welcome him back.”
As for the reason Scalabrine was demoted, Broussard writes that he “exhibited a consistent pattern of disrespect toward Jackson and the other coaches.”
At one point, Scalabrine went five weeks without speaking to Jackson, one source said.
Scalabrine even avoided the coaches on the team plane, sitting in a separate section, according to one source.