Saturday, April 5, 2014

Greg Crawford On Basketball, for April 5th, 2014

By Gregory Crawford---TV, Radio, Print Basketball Analyst @wchoops @crawssportsbiz

Golden State Warriors---In the long and often glorious history of the NBA since 1947, this has never happened before.

Last week the Warriors demoted assistant coach Brian Scalabrine to their D-League affiliate, the Santa Cruz Warriors. And just today, the Warriors fired assistant coach Darren Erman, for what the club termed, "a serious violation of team policy, away from the basketball floor."

These moves leave the Warriors with only three assistant coaches heading to almost certain playoff time, as Golden State at 47-29 stands at sixth place in the Western Conference.

Mark Jackson has been continually praised by Warrior management, including general manager Bob Myers, but to put it midly, there are some problems brewing in the East Bay.

Crawford's Factoid----When the Portland Trail Blazers won their only NBA championship in 1977, they did it with head coach Jack Ramsay and one assistant coach Jack McKinney. Oh for progress.

Hotseat---Greg Crawford on Basketball  has learned from sources that it is more than likely both Knicks coach Mike Woodson and Lakers' coach Mike D' Antoni will not be retained for the 2014-15 season.

The seat is also getting hotter for both Tyrone Corbin of the Utah Jazz and John Loyer of the Pistons who took over mid-year for the fired Maurice Cheeks. Loyer almost certainly will not be back, Corbin seems to be in trouble as well with his contract being up.

One coaching situation to watch is in Minnesota. Rick Adelman is not going to get fired, but will he at some point say this is enough as an NBA coach and wait for his call from the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, a certainty.

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