It didn’t take Mark Jackson too long to return to the NBA in some capacity after losing his job as the head coach of the Golden State Warriors recently. He has already signed a multi-year deal with ESPN to return as an NBA game analyst.
He will be reunited in the booth with his former colleagues Mike Breen and Jeff Van Gundy, who seems to not want to return to a head coaching position as well and prefers being a television commentator.
Jackson has already made his debut, providing color commentary and analysis during the first game of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers. The Team of Jackson, Breen and Van Gundy has broadcast the NBA Finals over the last five years.
Jackson coached the Warriors in 2014 and was fired after the team lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Los Angeles Clippers. It is interesting to note that the Warriors have replaced Jackson with Steve Kerr, who is also a former player turned analyst who has no prior experience as a head coach.
Jackson was an All-Star point guard and played in the league for 17 seasons before retiring and taking a television job.
Under Jackson, the Warriors posted their best record since the 1992 season, winning a total of 51 games and making it to the playoffs.
Jackson was with the Warriors as a head coach for three seasons and posted a record of 121-109. The Warriors reached the playoffs this season and last season under Jackson.
Even though his name is being mentioned in the New York Knicks’ search for a new coach, it seems that Jackson is quite content with his television job and probably will not consider going right back to coaching in the league immediately.
However, if the Knicks, or any other team, are truly interested in Jackson and make him an offer that he can’t refuse, he might want to get back to the bench and put his television career on hold once again. Stranger things have happened in the NBA.