A former assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors reportedly recorded conversations of coaches and players without their knowledge before being fired by the team earlier this month.
ESPN, citing anonymous sources, reported Tuesday that Darren Erman secretly recorded coaches’ meetings, conversations between coaches and players, and informal discussions. It’s unclear what Erman did with the alleged recordings.
Golden State fired Erman on April 5 for what the team called a “violation of company policy.” The Warriors neither confirmed nor denied the report Tuesday, saying only that they “were unaware of the violation, and when made aware, we took immediate action.”
Erman already has landed a job with another team. A spokesman for the Boston Celtics confirmed to the Associated Press that the team hired Erman as an NBA scout.
Erman was in his third season with the Warriors after spending four years with the Celtics, where he worked under Doc Rivers, who is now the coach of the Los Angeles Clippers. Erman also coached the Warriors’ summer league championship team in Las Vegas last year.
Erman was the second assistant dismissed from Mark Jackson’s staff this season. Jackson reassigned Brian Scalabrine — a former Celtics player — to the team’s NBA Development League affiliate in Santa Cruz on March 25 because of what Jackson called a “difference in philosophies.”
At Golden State’s shootaround before Game 5 in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Jackson declined comment when asked about the reports but said Erman is “an outstanding coach who did a great job.”
Jackson also reiterated that the moves involving two of his assistants — which have fueled discussion about his own job status after the season — are not representative of a dysfunctional atmosphere on his staff.
Blair gets one-game ban
Dallas Mavericks center DeJuan Blair has been suspended for Game 5 of the first-round series against San Antonio for kicking the Spurs’ Tiago Splitter in the head.
Blair and Splitter got tangled up and fell to the court in the fourth quarter of San Antonio’s 93-89 victory in Dallas on Monday night. After the whistle blew, signaling a foul on Blair, he kicked his former teammate with his left foot.
After Game 4, Splitter said he thought it was an accident when it happened but changed his mind when he saw the replay. Blair said it was unintentional and that he was just reacting to the call.
Blair, who is averaging 5.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in the postseason, will sit out Wednesday night’s game in San Antonio. The series is tied 2-all.
George’s ring stolen
Pacers star Paul George had his platinum All-Star ring valued at $15,000 stolen from his home Monday night.
The Indianapolis police report said there was no forced entry in the burglary, estimating the total value of items taken at nearly $16,000. The ring from the 2014 game included multiple diamonds. Also taken was a watch valued at $700.
George’s parents, who attended Monday night’s playoff game against Atlanta, reported the theft shortly before midnight and not long after the Pacers lost to the Hawks.