36 Facts About Mark Jackson


Mark A Jackson was born on April 1,1965 and is an American former professional basketball player.


Mark Jackson worked as an analyst for The YES Network's New Jersey Nets games.


Mark Jackson 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, Mark Jackson reached a multiyear agreement to return to ESPN as a game analyst.


Mark Jackson grew up in the St Albans neighborhood of Queens, New York.


Mark 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.


Mark Jackson gained a reputation as a streetballer in New York.


Mark Jackson was a college hoops star at St John's University.


Mark Jackson was the 18th pick of the 1987 NBA draft by the New York Knicks.


Mark Jackson teamed with Patrick Ewing and Charles Oakley to turn the Knicks into a prime playoff team in the late 1980s and early 1990s.


Mark 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.


In 1989 Mark 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, and making his lone All-Star Game appearance.


The return of Mark Jackson sparked the Pacers, but they still missed the playoffs for the only time in the last decade and a half.


Mark Jackson would leave the Pacers that off-season for the Toronto Raptors, who needed a point guard and had extra money to spend due to the departure of Tracy McGrady earlier that off-season.


Mark Jackson was traded to the Knicks, along with Muggsy Bogues, for Chris Childs on February 22,2001.


Mark Jackson became the starter at point guard for the rest of the season, playing in 29 games.


Mark Jackson helped lead the Knicks to the 4th seed in the Eastern Conference, as the Knicks were knocked out of the playoffs by the Raptors.


Mark Jackson was reported to have caused friction and disputes in the Jazz locker room by attempting to persuade his teammates that he should become the team's starting point guard instead of Stockton.


On January 15,2004, Mark Jackson signed with the Houston Rockets backing up Steve Francis.


Mark Jackson played in only 42 games as a Rocket and, experiencing a large drop-off in production, finished his career at the season's end.


Mark Jackson never achieved great individual success; despite winning Rookie of the Year in 1988, he made only one All-Star appearance in his career.


Mark Jackson is known for perfecting and increasing the popularity of the "teardrop" shot, which he often used to shoot over much larger defenders.


On June 6,2011, Mark Jackson was hired as head coach of the Golden State Warriors.


Mark Jackson was the first head coach hired by new owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber.


On May 6,2014, Mark Jackson was removed as head coach of the Warriors.


The Warriors' front office said the team was better than when Mark Jackson arrived but felt a different coach was needed to win an NBA championship.


Mark Jackson had reportedly ranted about two staff members who were openly gay.


Mark Jackson worked as an analyst for New Jersey Nets on YES Network, mostly with Marv Albert.


Mark Jackson has worked as an analyst for ABC, teaming with Mike Breen and former coach Jeff Van Gundy.


Mark Jackson immediately publicly apologized to the Nuggets and Jokic, stating that his exclusion of Jokic was a mistake and that "Jokic is not only in the MVP discussion and deserved to be on my ballot but is one of the greatest players in the history of this game and a top-10 center of all-time".


Mark Jackson married singer and actress Desiree Coleman on July 29,1990.


Mark Jackson is the older brother of AND1 streetballer Troy Jackson, better known as "Escalade".


Troy Mark Jackson died on February 20,2011, at the age of 38.


Mark Jackson is of partial Dominican descent, which qualified him to play for the national basketball team of the Dominican Republic.


In June 2012, Mark Jackson revealed that he had been the target of an extortion threat based on an extramarital affair and nude photos taken in 2006.


Mark 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, Mark Jackson went to the FBI and ultimately the alleged conspirators were named in felony criminal complaints.