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Lowell Cohn: Warriors fire another assistant coach

  • Golden State Warriors head coach Mark Jackson, right, and former Warriors assistant coach Darren Erman, left., share a lighthearted moment while playing against the Memphis Grizzlies last year. (LANCE MURPHEY / Associated Press, 2013)

Sort of a news flash. The Warriors fired assistant coach Darren Erman.

Less of a news flash. I don't know Darren Erman. Never spoke to him. Never been aware of him. Don't even remember seeing the guy.

Imagine my surprise on Saturday when I read the Warriors fired him.

Fired who?

But the “who” barely matters. It's the fact of the firing that boggles the mind. Now the Warriors have fired a second assistant coach less than two weeks after firing yet another assistant coach. The Warriors are on a roll.

First, it was Brian Scalabrine who was fired, except he wasn't technically fired. He got demoted to the Warriors' Development League team in Santa Cruz — a form of banishment — because head coach Mark Jackson doesn't like him or something along those lines. Bad look for the head coach.

Now, Erman is gone, not that I know Erman.

Why doesn't Cohn know Erman? Isn't it his job to know assistant coaches?

You bet it's my job. But Jackson doesn't make his assistants available to the media. Translated, that means we can't talk to them. Jackson won't allow it.

Why?

You got me. Maybe Jackson is a control freak. Maybe Jackson wants to be the only voice on his coaching staff — a highly unusual, not to mention eccentric and stringent requirement. Or maybe Jackson is sensitive and doesn't like to share the glory. The man is indeed highly sensitive, especially for a New Yorker. Someone needs to tell him sharing is a good quality.

All this means I wouldn't know Darren Erman if I knocked into him on Fourth Street. But he's Topic A for the Warriors right now.

On Saturday, Warriors' general manager Bob Myers issued this statement on giving Erman the heave-ho: “This is the type of decision that would be made across the board and irrespective of position within the organization. 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.”

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