LOS ANGELES -- Everything is apparently happening almost all at once, and let's try to sort through the most immediate things right now:

  • ESPN's Chris Broussard is reporting that the reason the Warriors fired Darren Erman three weeks ago was for secretly taping conversations involving coaches and players.

    That coincides with, clarifies and amplifies what little I've heard about this matter -- it wasn't anything that involved police or harassment, and though it didn't directly involve anything Mark Jackson did, it is part of the general odd atmosphere around the Warriors this season. (While they won 51 games.)

    What I've written from the day Erman was fired is what I believe: This plus the reassignment of Brian Scalabrine, reportedly for insubordinate actions towards Jackson and other staffers, is illustrative of an unstable situation.

    You can blame Joe Lacob and the front office for this (exerting pressure on the team and the coaching staff to show more signs of improvement) or you can blame Scalabrine and Erman for acting in a way that forced their dispatching.

    Or, as I believe the Warriors front office is generally judging this, you can point out that Jackson is the one who put together this staff, and if two of his top guys splinter off in other directions -- again, while the team is WINNING -- there could be tough conclusions made about Jackson's tenure.


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    Some people have jumped to the belief that Erman might've been doing the alleged taping at the request of the GSW front office.

    I have heard zero indication of this and my sense is that when the front office was made aware of the secret tapes, he was fired.

    But I do believe Erman thought he was accruing information, and I do not believe that mission -- or that information -- was intended in a kind way towards Jackson.

    (If he was sharing them with front office staffers, or was asked to do this by any other Warriors employee, this is a HUGE DEAL. But I just don't think so. Otherwise, Erman would not have gone as quietly as he did.)

  • To make things even more cloudy, and to re-emphasize that Erman is a respected staffer in this league,Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski reported today that the Celtics have just hired Erman as their director of NBA scouting.

    Did the Celtics know the reasons why Erman was fired and hire him any way? As one NBA source told me recently: "Everybody in the league knows what happened."

    Well, they absolutely do now.

  • I'll write more about this a little later, but one giant looming issue for the Warriors in any conversation about Mark Jackson's future: The composition of his coaching staff.

    To say that Warriors execs aren't happy with a staff that, by playoff time, has ended up as Pete Myers, Lindsey Hunter and a few inexperienced hands... is a vast understatement.

    But Jackson has had total authority to hire his own staff. I would expect the GSW brass to insist that he either hires better, more stable staffers or that they will try to take that power away from him.

    And if you want to look for an issue... that might be the one that ends his tenure.

  • Marc Stein of ESPN is reporting that the Knicks are making a push to finalize a deal to hire Steve Kerr as their coach at the end of the first round.

    That makes sense in a lot of ways: Kerr is obviously Phil Jackson's first choice and there is not second choice on the horizon yet.

    Also, the Knicks probably would like to keep Kerr away from other teams who might begin their searches after the first round... such as, yes, the Warriors, who are known to be high on Kerr.

    But I don't think this is a race to Kerr, or if it is, that the Warriors would do anything presumptive.

    They still haven't had a final decision on Mark Jackson, that I know of, and if they make the call to remove Jackson, I believe there are other possible candidates beyond Kerr.

    In fact, I would circle Iowa State's Fred Hoiberg as probably ahead of Kerr on any Warriors' potential wish list, should they move on from Jackson.