Veteran NBA point guard and head coach Mark Jackson returned to ESPN as a game analyst in May 2014, reuniting with the lead NBA crew of Mike Breen and Jeff Van Gundy. Along with NBA on ESPN and ABC games, Jackson also provides game commentary for the NBA Finals and NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC. Jackson previously teamed with them from 2006-2011.
In May 2017, ESPN announced that it had reached a multi-year extension with Jackson.
Most recently, Jackson served as head coach of the Golden State Warriors, where he accumulated a .526 winning percentage over three seasons and led the team to back-to-back playoff appearances for the first time since 1991-92.
As a player, Jackson was a standout at St. John’s University and a first-round pick by the New York Knicks in 1987. He was named Rookie of the Year in 1988 and played 17 seasons for several teams including the Knicks, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers, Denver Nuggets, Toronto Raptors, Utah Jazz and Houston Rockets. He currently ranks second on the NBA all-time assists list with 10,323 and is also among the all-time leaders in steals. While playing for the Knicks, Jackson teamed with Patrick Ewing and Charles Oakley to turn the franchise into a prime playoff team in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Prior to joining ESPN, he worked as an analyst on the YES Network’s coverage of the Nets.