Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau is bringing another familiar face to the Garden, finalizing a deal to add Darren Erman as an assistant.
The move was first reported by ESPN, and confirmed by The Post.
Even NBA fans not in New York or Boston might have a vague recollection of Erman’s name. About six years ago he got fired from his job as Mark Jackson’s second assistant in Golden State for a “violation of company policy.” That violation turned out to be secretly taping conversations between the Warriors’ coaches and players.
Erman recorded coaches’ meetings, meetings between the coaches and players, and even informal discussions among coaches that took place in the team’s coaching room — all without their knowledge.
Erman took over the Boston Celtics’ G League team last September, after four years as the New Orleans Pelicans’ associate head coach. He led the Red Claws to a 28-14 mark, third-best in the G-League.
He worked closely with Boston’s rookies, including Tacko Fall, G-League Rookie of the Year Tremont Waters and Romeo Langford. Now he’ll join a Knicks team in dire need of player development and a turbocharged rebuild – and do it serving under a former co-worker.
Erman started his NBA coaching career with Boston in 2008, with both he and Thibodeau on the staff of then-Celtics head coach Doc Rivers. They all won an NBA championship together that year, and the Eastern Conference championship in 2010.
While Rivers was just hired in Philadelphia, Thibodeau landed in the Garden, and Erman has hooked back up with the latter.
Now Thibodeau has the tough job of trying to rebuild a Knicks franchise that has failed to win even 30 games for three straight seasons.