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Mark Jackson (basketball)

Mark Jackson
Jackson at a Golden State Warriors open practice in October 2012
Personal information
Born (1965-04-01) April 1, 1965
Brooklyn, New York
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Listed weight 180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High school Bishop Loughlin
(Brooklyn, New York)
College St. John's (1983–1987)
NBA draft 1987 / Round: 1 / Pick: 18th overall
Selected by the New York Knicks
Pro career 1987–2004
Position Point guard
Number 13, 31
Coaching career 2011–2014
Career history
As player:
19871992 New York Knicks
19921994 Los Angeles Clippers
19941996 Indiana Pacers
1996–1997 Denver Nuggets
19972000 Indiana Pacers
2000–2001 Toronto Raptors
20012002 New York Knicks
2002–2003 Utah Jazz
2003–2004 Houston Rockets
As coach:
20112014 Golden State Warriors
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points 12,489 (9.6 ppg)
Assists 10,334 (8.0 apg)
Steals 1,608 (1.2 spg)
Stats at

Mark A. Jackson (born April 1, 1965) is an American former NBA player and former basketball coach. A point guard from St. John's University, he played for the New York Knicks, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers, 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.

NBA career

Jackson was the 18th pick of the 1987 NBA draft by the New York Knicks.[3] He teamed with Patrick Ewing and Charles Oakley to turn the Knicks into a prime playoff team in the late 1980s and early 1990s. However, before the Knicks peaked and became regular playoff contenders, he was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers in 1992.

Jackson had a steady career with the Knicks, most notably under coach Rick Pitino, averaging 13.6 points and 10.6 assists per game in his rookie season, earning him the 1988 Rookie of the Year award, the lowest overall draft pick to win the award since Woody Sauldsberry in 1958. He is the only non-lottery pick to have won the award since the introduction of the system in 1985.

In 1989, Jackson had another promising season for the Knicks, teaming with Ewing to lead them to the Atlantic Division title and the number two seed in the east (behind the eventual world champion Detroit Pistons, whom they swept 4-0 in the regular season), and making his lone All-Star Game appearance. After sweeping Charles Barkley's Philadelphia team in the opening round, the Knicks faced the upstart Chicago Bulls, led by Michael Jordan, in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Noteworthy in the series was near the end of game two, where Jackson en route to a fast break layup in the fourth quarter looked back and stuck out his tongue at Jordan before finishing the layup; Jordan responded with a 40+ PPG average the remainder of the series, and led Chicago to a 4-2 series victory. Following a contract extension prior to the 1990 season, Jackson began to lose his All-Star form; the loss of Pitino (who left to coach the University of Kentucky) and starting the season out of shape were key factors. Consequently, he began to face stiff competition from backup guard Rod Strickland, to the point where in their decisive first round game five against Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, Robert Parish, Dennis Johnson and the Boston Celtics at the Boston Garden, Knick coach Stu Jackson decided to bench Mark Jackson for the entire game; New York went on to defeat Boston to advance to the second round, where they lost to the eventual champion Detroit Pistons in five games.

After the 1991–92 season, he was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers, a trade that saw Charles Smith and Doc Rivers go to the Knicks. (This was actually a three-team deal, with the Clippers also obtaining Stanley Roberts from the Orlando Magic for draft picks; Roberts had become superfluous in Orlando when the Magic won the draft lottery for his college teammate, Shaquille O'Neal.) While with the Clippers, Jackson teamed with Danny Manning, Ron Harper and head coach Larry Brown to lead the Clippers to the second of their two consecutive playoff appearances; the Clippers would not reach the playoffs in consecutive years again until the 2011–2012 and 2012–2013 seasons.

Jackson later was traded to the Indiana Pacers for Pooh Richardson, Malik Sealy, and the draft rights to Eric Piatkowski. With the Pacers, he teamed with Reggie Miller, Rik Smits, Antonio Davis and Dale Davis for six seasons to make the Indiana Pacers a contender. Jackson was traded to the Denver Nuggets before the 1996–97 NBA season started for Jalen Rose. This trade was a disaster for the Pacers, as the Pacers fell in 10th place in the East halfway through the season and out of the playoff race. Feeling the heat, Pacers GM Donnie Walsh re-traded for Jackson at the deadline, giving up Vincent Askew, Eddie Johnson and a couple of 2nd round picks. The return of Jackson sparked the Pacers, but they still missed the playoffs for the only time in the last decade and a half. Jackson would eventually appear in his only NBA Finals as the Pacers' starting point guard in 2000, when they lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in six games.

Jackson would leave the Pacers that offseason for the Toronto Raptors, who needed a floor general and had extra money to spend with the departure of Tracy McGrady earlier that offseason. Jackson would only play 54 games for the Raptors before being traded at the deadline back to the Knicks. The return was short lived, as the Knicks were knocked out of the playoffs by the Raptors.

In the offseason, he was involved in a trade back to the Nuggets, where he was immediately waived. Jackson played for the Utah Jazz for the 02-03 season as John Stockton's backup. It was this season that Jackson moved to second place on the list of all time assists leaders behind his teammate Stockton. Jackson would play every single game that season without starting one before moving on as a member of the Houston Rockets in 2004. Jackson only played in 42 games as a Rocket and, experiencing a large drop off in skills, finished his career at season's end.

He is currently ranked 13th on the NBA all-time games list (1,296), 26th on the all-time minutes played list (39,121), 77th on the all-time three-point field goals made list (734), 65th on the all-time three-point field goal attempts list (2,213), 4th on the all-time assists list (10,323) and 23rd on the all-time steals list (1,608). Jackson never achieved great individual success; despite winning Rookie of the Year in 1988, he only made one All-Star appearance in his career (1989).

Jackson is also notable for prompting an NBA rule change. In response to Jackson's penchant for backing down opposing point guards in the post for 15 or more seconds at a time, the league instituted the five-second back-to-the-basket violation, sometimes referred to as the "Mark Jackson Rule", prohibiting an offensive player from dribbling with his back to the basket for more than five consecutive seconds when below the free throw line.

Jackson is also known around the NBA for perfecting as well as increasing popularity of the "tear drop" shot, which he used often to shoot over much larger NBA defenders.


Jackson worked as an analyst for New Jersey Nets on YES Network, mostly with Marv Albert. He has also worked as an analyst for ABC, teaming with Mike Breen and former coach Jeff Van Gundy on these telecasts.

At the end of the 2008 NBA season, Jackson unexpectedly quit his position with the YES Network. This move fueled speculation that Jackson would be replacing Isiah Thomas as coach of the New York Knicks. However, Jackson claimed that the rumors were untrue and the decision was based on desire to stop commuting from Los Angeles and the fact that he continued to have a contract with ABC.[4] Rumors however, kept swirling around of Jackson returning to New York as coach of the failing Knicks. Those rumors, however, were dispelled with the Knicks' hiring of former Phoenix Suns head coach Mike D'Antoni.

Coaching career

On June 6, 2011, Jackson was hired as head coach of the Golden State Warriors. He was the first head coach hired by new owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber. After inheriting a team that had made the playoffs just once in the previous 17 years, Jackson promised to turn the Warriors into a good defensive team and playoff contender.[5] However, he struggled to a 23–43 record in his first year during the lockout-shortened 2011–12 season as the team suffered several injuries to key players while adjusting to a new system. In the 2012–13 season, however, with strong plays from Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, Jackson led the Warriors to a 47–35 record and a sixth place seeding in the Western Conference. It was the first time the Warriors had made the playoffs since the 2006–07 season. The Warriors defeated the Denver Nuggets 4–2 in the first round of NBA Playoffs, but lost to the San Antonio Spurs 4–2 in the Conference Semifinals.[6]

Originally signed under a four-year, $8 million contract, Jackson earned two more years guaranteed on his contract in 2013, thus putting him under contract through 2014–15.[7] The following season, the Warriors improved to 51–31, the team's first season with 50 or more wins since 1993–94.[8] They reached the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1992. However, the Warriors lost the first round of the playoffs to the Los Angeles Clippers in seven games. On May 6, 2014, Jackson was removed as head coach of the Warriors. The Warriors front office stated the team was better than when Jackson first arrived, but felt a different coach was needed for the Warriors to win an NBA championship.[5][9]

Personal life

Jackson married singer and actress Desiree Coleman on July 29, 1990.[3] The couple has 4 children,[10] and currently lives in Los Angeles. (His son, Mark Jackson, Jr., plays for the Manhattan Jaspers[11] for the 2012–13 season after transferring from the University of Louisville.[12]) He was the older brother of And 1 streetballer Troy Jackson, better known as "Escalade". Troy Jackson died on February 20, 2011 at the age of 35.[13] Jackson is a Christian and a licensed minister.[4][14] He and his wife pastor True Love Worship Center International in Reseda, California.[15] Jackson appeared in 1996's Eddie, playing Darren 'Preacher' Taylor.

Jackson is of Dominican Republic descent which qualified him to play for the country's national basketball team.[16][17]

Extortion scandal

In June 2012, Jackson revealed that he had been the target of an extortion threat based on an extramarital affair and nude photos taken in 2006. Jackson said that he initially made payments of several thousands of dollars to a stripper and her accomplice to keep quiet about the affair and the photos, but when the alleged extortionists increased their demands Jackson went to the FBI, and ultimately the alleged conspirators were named in felony criminal complaints. "I recognize the extremely poor judgment that I used both in having an affair six years ago--including the embarrassing communication I exhibited during that time," said Jackson, "and in attempting to deal with the extortion scheme at first by myself."[18]

NBA career statistics

Led the league

Regular season

1987–88 New York 82 80 39.6 .432 .254 .774 4.8 10.6 2.5 .1 13.6
1988–89 New York 72 72 34.4 .467 .338 .698 4.7 8.6 1.9 .1 16.9
1989–90 New York 82 69 29.6 .437 .267 .727 3.9 7.4 1.3 .0 9.9
1990–91 New York 72 21 22.2 .492 .255 .731 2.7 6.3 .8 .1 8.8
1991–92 New York 81 81 30.4 .491 .256 .770 3.8 8.6 1.4 .2 11.3
1992–93 L.A. Clippers 82 81 38.0 .486 .268 .803 4.7 8.8 1.7 .1 14.4
1993–94 L.A. Clippers 79 79 34.3 .452 .283 .791 4.4 8.6 1.5 .1 10.9
1994–95 Indiana 82 67 29.3 .422 .310 .778 3.7 7.5 1.3 .2 7.6
1995–96 Indiana 81 81 32.6 .473 .430 .785 3.8 7.8 1.2 .1 10.0
1996–97 Denver 52 52 38.5 .425 .397 .801 5.2 12.3 1.0 .2 10.4
1996–97 Indiana 30 30 35.1 .427 .316 .766 4.1 9.8 1.5 .1 9.0
1997–98 Indiana 82 82 29.4 .416 .314 .761 3.9 8.7 1.0 .0 8.3
1998–99 Indiana 49 49 28.2 .419 .311 .823 3.8 7.9 .9 .1 7.6
1999–2000 Indiana 81 81 27.0 .432 .403 .806 3.7 8.0 .9 .1 8.1
2000–01 Toronto 54[a] 54 33.4 .422 .345 .842 3.4 9.2 1.2 .1 8.5
2000–01 New York 29[a] 28 27.1 .411 .310 .529 4.1 5.6 .7 .0 5.9
2001–02 New York 82 81 28.9 .439 .405 .791 3.8 7.4 .9 .0 8.4
2002–03 Utah 82 0 17.9 .398 .284 .763 2.1 4.6 .6 .0 4.7
2003–04 Houston 42 3 13.7 .340 .171 .718 1.7 2.8 .4 .0 2.5
Career 1,296 1,091 30.2 .447 .332 .770 3.8 8.0 1.2 .1 9.6
All-Star 1 0 16.0 .600 1.000 .500 2.0 4.0 1.0 1.0 9.0


1988 New York 3 42.8 .367 .417 .727 4.8 9.8 2.5 .0 14.3
1989 New York 9 37.3 .510 .393 .679 3.4 10.1 1.1 .3 14.7
1990 New York 9 9.0 .419 .000 .727 .6 2.3 .2 .0 3.8
1991 New York 3 0 12.0 .333 .0 2.7 .3 .3 .7
1992 New York 12 12 30.7 .402 .190 .815 2.3 7.2 .8 .0 8.3
1993 L.A. Clippers 5 5 37.6 .438 .500 .864 5.8 7.6 1.6 .2 15.2
1995 Indiana 17 17 32.5 .454 .400 .739 5.2 7.1 .8 .0 9.9
1996 Indiana 5 5 37.2 .353 .222 .765 5.0 6.0 1.2 .0 10.6
1998 Indiana 16 16 30.9 .417 .378 .794 4.6 8.3 1.4 .0 9.2
1999 Indiana 13 13 34.7 .495 .412 .714 4.5 8.6 1.1 .1 11.2
2000 Indiana 23 23 27.6 .392 .313 .903 3.7 7.7 .8 .1 8.1
2001 New York 5 5 31.2 .500 .250 1.000 5.2 5.2 1.6 .0 9.0
2003 Utah 5 0 16.6 .500 .556 1.000 1.0 3.2 .6 .0 7.2
2004 Houston 5 0 7.6 .167 .000 .6 1.0 .4 .0 .4
Career 131 28.8 .432 .345 .777 3.6 6.9 1.0 .1 9.0
  • a Due to a mid-season trade ended up playing a total of 83 games.

Head coaching record

Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
Golden State 2011–12 66 23 43 .348 4th in Pacific Missed Playoffs
Golden State 2012–13 82 47 35 .573 2nd in Pacific 12 6 6 .500 Lost in Conf. Semifinals
Golden State 2013–14 82 51 31 .622 2nd in Pacific 7 3 4 .428 Lost in First Round
Career 230 121 109 .526 18 9 10 .474

See also


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  3. ^ a b Desiree Coleman, Singer and Actress, Weds Mark Jackson, Basketball Player - The New York Times, published July 30, 1990
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  9. ^ Warriors Relieve Head Coach Mark Jackson of His Duties
  10. ^ Desiree Coleman - Internet Movie Database Biography, article retrieved June 6, 2007
  11. ^ Mark Jackson, Jr. Bio - The Official Athletic Site of Manhattan College
  12. ^ Mark Jackson Jr. Is Transferring - Card Chronicle
  13. ^ Former streetball player Troy Jackson dead at 35 - ESPN Los Angeles
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