Mark Jackson has often used the catch phrase “that’s a grown man move right there.” Well, Jackson’s employer must have been listening because they’re making one of their own by re-signing the NBA analyst to a multi-year contract extension.
As was first announced on ESPN Media Zone, Jackson will continue to provide commentary and analysis for the highest-profile NBA games on ESPN and ABC. The longtime NBA point guard and former Head Coach of the Golden State Warriors has played an important role alongside Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, and Doris Burke on the broadcasts of the NBA Finals, Conference Finals, the NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC series, and additional regular-season and NBA Playoff telecasts.
“Mark’s expertise as a former head coach and former player, combined with his passion for the NBA, make him one of the best game analysts in the sport,” said Mark Gross, ESPN senior vice president, production. “Mark is beloved by NBA fans and well-respected in the basketball community. Beyond that, he’s a terrific teammate to Mike, Jeff, Doris and our entire crew.”
Jackson joined ESPN in 2006 and provided analysis until 2011, when he left to become head coach of the Warriors. He returned to the network during the 2014 NBA Playoffs. The team of Jackson, Breen, Van Gundy and Burke will call their eighth NBA Finals together this June, which is a record.