LOS ANGELES — Hours before Game 5 against the Los Angeles Clippers, the Warriors had an audio recording controversy of their own to address.
ESPN reported Tuesday assistant coach Darren Erman was fired earlier this month for secretly recording conversations coaches’ meetings, meetings between coaches and players and informal discussions in the coaches’ room.
The Warriors had announced a violation of company policy led to the termination of Erman, who has since been re-hired by the Boston Celtics as their director of NBA scouting, according to Yahoo! Sports.
“There was no dysfunction,” Warriors head coach Mark Jackson said before shootaround. “I had a great staff. It’s been a great year, and we are 2-2 with an opportunity to win Game 5 against this Clippers team. It’s been a great year for us on the court, and we are together as a staff and as a team. Nothing has changed.
“You can make a mistake. That don’t mean that’s my dysfunction. It’s documented.”
Jackson said of the report on the secret recordings, “Obviously, Erman no longer works for us, and we’ve made a statement as an organization, and we move forward. This is old news.”
Erman was fired the week after another assistant, Brian Scalabrine, was reassigned to a player development coaching position for Santa Cruz after what Jackson called a “difference in philosophies.”
The Warriors because of those late-season departures have been left with three assistant coaches on the bench during the playoffs.
Jackson had said after Erman’s firing that he was “pulling for him to make a comeback” and at Staples Center again praised the 37-year-old as “an outstanding coach who did a great job.”
General manager Bob Myers declined comment, referring to a statement released by the Warriors.
“We were unaware of the violation, and when made aware, we took immediate action,” the statement read. “We will have no further comment at this time.”