Mark Jackson (basketball)

Mark Jackson
Coach Mark Jackson at Warriors open practice Oct 13, 2012.jpg
Jackson as Golden State coach in October 2012
Personal information
Born (1965-04-01) April 1, 1965 (age 53)
Brooklyn, New York
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Listed weight180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High schoolBishop Loughlin
(Brooklyn, New York)
CollegeSt. John's (1983–1987)
NBA draft1987 / Round: 1 / Pick: 18th overall
Selected by the New York Knicks
Playing career1987–2004
PositionPoint guard
Number13, 31
Coaching career2011–2014
Career history
As player:
19871992New York Knicks
19921994Los Angeles Clippers
19941996Indiana Pacers
1996–1997Denver Nuggets
19972000Indiana Pacers
2000–2001Toronto Raptors
20012002New York Knicks
2002–2003Utah Jazz
2003–2004Houston Rockets
As coach:
20112014Golden State Warriors
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points12,489 (9.6 ppg)
Rebounds4,963 (3.8 rpg)
Assists10,334 (8.0 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Mark A. Jackson (born April 1, 1965) is an American former National Basketball Association (NBA) player and coach. A point guard from St. John's University, he played for the New York Knicks, Los Angeles Clippers, Indiana Pacers, Denver Nuggets, Toronto Raptors, Utah Jazz and Houston Rockets in the NBA in a career spanning from 1987 to 2004.

After retiring from playing basketball, Jackson became a broadcast commentator for ESPN and ABC alongside his former coach Jeff Van Gundy and play-by-play man Mike Breen. He also worked as an analyst for The YES Network's New Jersey Nets games. In 2011, the Golden State Warriors hired Jackson as head coach. He coached the team for three seasons, but was fired in 2014 despite leading the Warriors to consecutive playoff appearances for the first time in over 20 years.

On May 17, 2014, Jackson reached a multiyear agreement to return to ESPN as a game analyst.[1]

Early years

Mark Jackson was born in Brooklyn, New York. Jackson was regarded as one of the nation's elite point guards while attending Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School in Brooklyn under coach Patrick Quigley. Jackson gained a reputation as a streetballer in New York and a college hoops star at St. John's University. While at St. John's, he played alongside Olympian and NBA All-Star Chris Mullin for one year. He credits Mullin with teaching him the importance of rigorous practice work in the gym.[2]

While at St. John's, Jackson had the unusual habit while at the free-throw line of extending his hand and "cupping" his thumb and index finger around the rim. This helped him stay focused on the rim while shooting foul shots. He continued this well into his pro career and it helped him to a career 77.0% free-throw percentage.