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Jackson returns to ESPN's NBA coverage

By Ken Schott
Saturday, May 17, 2014

Mark Jackson won't be returning to an NBA coaching position anytime soon.

Jackson is going back to broadcasting, rejoining ESPN as a game analyst, the cable network announced Saturday. The former Golden State Warriors coach signed a multiyear deal to rejoin play-by-play announcer Mike Breen and analyst Jeff Van Gundy. Jackson will be courtside starting Sunday for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final between the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers. Tip-off is at 3:30 p.m. on ABC (locally on WTEN Ch. 10). Jackson will also work the NBA Finals.

Jackson previously served as an ESPN NBA game analyst from 2006 to 2011 where he teamed with Breen and Van Gundy to call the NBA Finals five seasons in a row.

Jackson was the head coach of the Warriors from 2011-14, posting a 121-109 record. He was fired shortly after the Warriors lost to the Los Angeles Clippers in the Western Conference quarterfinals. Ironically, TNT NBA analyst Steve Kerr replaced Jackson as head coach.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Mark back to ESPN and for him to reunite with Mike Breen and Jeff Van Gundy –- a three-person booth that was very popular and successful for us for several years,” John Wildhack, ESPN executive vice-president, production and programming, said in a statement. “Mark has an outstanding NBA mind, a tremendous on-air presence and he brings a wealth of knowledge both as a player and now as a head coach.”

Jackson ranks fourth all-time in assists, amassing 10,334 during his 17 NBA seasons. He played with the New York Knicks, the Clippers, the Pacers, Denver Nuggets, Toronto Raptors, Utah Jazz and Houston Rockets.

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