A couple weeks back Warriors coach Mark Jackson had assistant coach Brian Scalabrine demoted in the organization, off his bench and to the Warriors’ D-League team in Santa Cruz.
Now another assistant coach — one with a lot of backers around the league who see him as an up and comer — has been let go by the Warriors.
Darren Erman was let go, but the Warriors say this is unrelated to basketball or Scalabrine, reports Monte Poole of CSNBayArea.com.
It is unclear at this time what the violation was.
Erman Had worked for four years in Boston before moving to the Warriors, and he is considered a Tom Thibodeau disciple. He was part of the reason Golden State’s defense is currently fourth in the NBA this season in fewest points allowed per possession. He coached the Warriors’ Summer League team. Erman is very well respected around the league.
Whatever the reasoning this is a couple of unsettling moves to the staff of a team about to enter the playoffs. Head coach Mark Jackson is already considered on shaky ground with the Warriors aggressive, win-now management team. This turmoil is not helping Jackson’s cause.
DeAndre Jordan‘s free-throw problems – 38.7% this season, 41.5% for his career – are mental.
You can’t watch this trip to the line and convince me otherwise.
Nene hurt his calf. Drew Gooden is banged up. Martell Webster is out for the season.
Those are three players the Wizards expected to play power forward this season.
So, Washington – which has lost four straight – will bring in another big man: Ryan Hollins.
Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports:
The Wizards have a full roster of 15 players. They don’t qualify for a hardship exemption, which a team gets if four players have missed three straight games and will continue to be out. Only Webster and Alan Anderson definitely fit that bill. Gooden, who has missed five straight, might. But it’s unclear both how many of those absences were due to injury and when he’ll return.
So, Washington will have to waive someone to sign Hollins now. It’ll probably be Webster, whose $5,845,250 2016-17 salary is just $2.5 million guaranteed. If he’s out for the year and the Wizards plan to drop him by the summer to clear cap space, why not just do it now?
Hollins is more center than power forward and doesn’t appear to fit well with Marcin Gortat. But at this point, Washington just needs big bodies. Hollins – a nine-year veteran who plays decent interior defense, lacks offensive skill and rebounds poorly for his 7-foot frame – is at least that.
Sometimes – as Kristaps Porzingis sees against Dwight Howard – it’s more flattering just to play James Harden-level defense.
This was not Marc Gasol‘s first attempt to head in the ball after a whistle, but this time, he converted.
Here was his January try: