With all the attention on Donald Sterling and the Clippers, the Warriors have been being away from the limelight. The Warriors have been able to focus mostly on basketball, unfortunately they are down 3-2 in the series, but they come back to Oakland for Game 6. However, it was reported that the coaching staff had some controversy early in the year and the details have been released.
The Warriors have improved drastically in the last couple of years, but coach Mark Jackson seems to be in the hot seat. His relationship with his assistant coaches have come into question this season. According to Chris Broussard of ESPN, former assistant coach Darren Erman was secretly taping talks between coaches, players, and team officials:
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.
This definitely raises some questions about the Warriors coaching staff. Why would Erman secretly record conversations? Unfortunately, details of what he recorded were not revealed and Erman had only been doing this for about three weeks. There is definitely more to the story, but Erman has moved on and will probably not discuss this moving forward. Erman was hired by the Boston Celtics after he was let go by the Warriors, but his new employer does not seemed bothered by his actions in Oakland.
Jackson has had trouble with assistant coaches in the past. In March, Jackson had to demote Brian Scalabrine to their D-League Affiliate in Santa Cruz because he would not speak to any of the coaches. This off-season will be an interesting time for the Warriors coaching staff, a lot of changes could be coming.