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.
With so much focus in recent weeks being on NBA players speaking out on social issues, it’s worth remembering that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has been one of the most vocal athletes in America on these things for decades. The Hall of Fame and all-time leading scorer in NBA history addressed the Democratic National Convention on Thursday evening, urging voters to vote for Hillary Clinton in November, and opened his remarks by introducing himself as Michael Jordan, because “Donald Trump couldn’t tell the difference.”
You can watch the video of his speech below:
In the weeks since Kevin Durant announced he was signing with the Golden State Warriors, we have yet to hear Russell Westbrook speak on his former teammate’s decision. This week, ESPN.com’s Royce Young indicated in a podcast interview that Durant was telling Westbrook and others in the days leading up to his decision that he was coming back to Oklahoma City. He later walked back his report, saying he misspoke. On Thursday, Durant himself told The Vertical‘s Shams Charania that he never said any such thing, or misled Westbrook or anyone else about his intentions.
“It’s false,” Durant told The Vertical on Thursday. “I didn’t say that – words about me telling Russell or Nick that I would stay or leave never came out of my mouth. We met as teammates, but no promises came out of it. In this day and age, I can’t control anything people claim out there. Someone can go out and say something random right now, and people will believe it.
“I never told Russell or Nick [Collison], ‘All right, guys, I’m coming back to the Thunder’ – and then a week later, I decide not to. Never happened. I don’t operate like that. I heard people say that story, but it’s not the truth.”
So that settles that.
CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls have signed guard Spencer Dinwiddie.
The Bulls acquired Dinwiddie in a trade with Detroit last month and waived him three weeks ago. He spent two years with the Pistons and appeared in 12 games last season, averaging 4.8 points and 13.3 minutes.
The Bulls announced the move Thursday.