Darren Erman, a former Golden State Warriors assistant coach who was reportedly fired from the team for secretly recording conversations between players and coaches, has been hired by the Boston Celtics.
Earlier this month, Erman was let go by the Warriors for what the team cited as “violation of company policy.” ESPN reported Tuesday that sources with knowledge of the situation say Erman was fired for recording conversations between players and coaches without their permission.
“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.
A Yahoo! Sports report paints Erman’s firing in a slightly different light. According to the report, Erman’s termination “stemmed from a single taped conversation of Warriors coaches who had been working to undermine his game preparation and relationships with players.”
Later Tuesday, Yahoo!and the Globe’s Gary Washburn reported that the Celtics had hired Erman to be their director of scouting. Erman began his coaching career with the Celtics in 2007. This season with Golden State, he had helped lead the team to a top-three defense in the league.
Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge told the Globe’s Baxter Holmes he wasn’t worried about what happened to Erman in Golden State.
Danny Ainge says Darren Erman’s situation w/ GSW doesn’t concern C’s: “I’m not concerned at all. We’re thrilled to have Darren back.”
— Baxter Holmes (@BaxterHolmes) April 29, 2014
Former Celtic Brian Scalabrine was also an assistant under Golden State’s Mark Jackson this season but was reassigned within the organization on March 25. On Scalabrine’s departure, the ESPN report adds:
Sources say the team made the move because Scalabrine exhibited a consistent pattern of disrespect toward Jackson and the other coaches. Mainly, he ignored and refused to speak with the other basketball 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.