Mark Jackson recently rejoined ESPN back in 2014. He’s been a mainstay on the NBA broadcast team, but we know by now that that is getting a rebuild. Just last month, ESPN underwent a round of cost-saving layoffs. Before rejoining the program, Jackson served as an analyst with Jeff Van Gundy and Mike Breen from 2006 to 2011.
Jackson’s two stints on the broadcast team were separated by a three-year stint as the head coach of the Golden State Warriors.
“This morning, unexpectedly, I was informed that my services were no longer needed at ESPN,” Jackson wrote on social media this evening. “Although shocked and dismayed with the suddenness of it all, I would like to thank ESPN and all the staff of the NBA ESPN crew for allowing me to be a part of the organization for the past 15+ years.”
“It’s been an honor to sit beside two LEGENDS in the business who are like brothers to me, Mike Breen and Jeff Van Gundy… Lisa Salters is a GOAT and like a sister to me and I’m proud of the work she continues to do,” he wrote.
“I wish greater measures of success to the new ESPN team. May they continue to elevate this game that has given me a home and a life.”
Who will be featured on the new broadcast team?
The new broadcast team for ESPN will reportedly consist of Doris Burke and Doc Rivers.
The former, Burke, has been covering basketball for ESPN since 1991 and has served as a National game analyst since 2017. She became the first woman to serve as a game analyst for the NBA Finals in 2020. During the NBA bubble, she provided commentary on ESPN Radio. If she is promoted, she would become the first female analyst to call an NBA Finals game on TV.
Doc Rivers has only had a short time away from the coaching scene. The 61-year-old has spent 24 seasons as a head coach in the NBA. Most recently, the last three seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers before he was fired.
Mark Jackson had been a part of the lead NBA crew alongside Breen and Van Gundy, the latter was recently laid off as well.
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