Mark Jackson Biography, Age, Family, Wife, Children, Career, Awards, Net Worth 2023, Laid Off by ESPN, And More

Mark Jackson is an American former basketball player.  St. John’s University defender, played for the New York Knicks, Los Angeles Clippers, Indiana Pacers and Denver Nuggets.



Height- 1.85 m

Weight- 88 kg

Born­- 1 April 1965

Birthplace- Brooklyn, New York, United States

Full name- Mark A. Jackson

Profession- Basketball Player

Spouse- Desiree Coleman (m. 1990–2017)


Date joined-1987 (New York Knicks)

Team coached- Golden State Warriors (Head coach, 2011–2014)


Parents information are not available of Mark Jackson, he grew up in St. Louis, Queens, New York. Albans County. He was considered one of the nation’s elite guards while attending Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School in Brooklyn under coach Patrick Quigley. Jackson became famous as a street voter in New York.


Jackson married singer and actress Desiree Coleman on July 29, 1990. Jackson and Coleman divorced in 2017 after 27 years of marriage.

Mark Jackson wife


They have four children. Christian Jackson, Mark Jackson Jr., Micah Jackson, Heavyn Jackson.

His son Mark Jackson Jr. played for the Manhattan Jaspers during the 2012–13 season after transferring from the University of Louisville.

Mark Jackson children


College Career

Jackson was St. John’s University Colleges Star. St. At Johns, he played with Olympian and NBA All-Star Chris Mullin for two seasons. He credits Mullin with teaching him the importance of rigorous training in the gym.

St. During his time at John, Jackson developed an unusual free-throw line ritual in which he reached out and “mouthed” around the rim with his thumb and forefinger. This helped him focus on the rim while taking bad shots. He continued this throughout his professional career, and it helped him shoot a 77.0% free throw percentage.

Professional Career

New York Knicks (1987–1992)

Jackson was the 18th pick of the 1987 NBA draft by the New York Knicks.He teamed with Patrick Ewing and Charles Oakley to make the Knicks  a premier playoff team in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Before the Knicks reached the playoffs, however, he was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers in 1992.

Los Angeles Clippers (1992–1994)

After the 1991-92 season, he was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers,  Charles Smith and Doc Rivers went to the Knicks (actually a three-team trade, the Clippers also acquired Stanley Roberts from the Orlando Magic. Roberts became redundant in Orlando. when the Magic acquired his college teammate Shaquille O’Neal draft lottery).

Indiana Pacers (1994–1996)

On June 30, 1994, the Indiana Pacers traded the draft rights to Pooh Richardson, Malik Sealy and Eric Piatkowski for Jackson and the draft rights to Greg Minor. With the Pacers, he spent the next five seasons working with Reggie Miller, Rik Smits, Antonio Davis and Dale Davis to make the Indiana Pacers a contender.

Denver Nuggets (1996–1997)

Jackson was traded to the Denver Nuggets before the 1996–97 NBA season started for Jalen Rose.

Return to the Pacers (1997–2000)

Jackson’s return sparked the Pacers, but they continued to miss the playoffs for the only time in a decade and a half. Jackson finally appeared in his only NBA Finals as the Pacers’ starting point guard in 2000, a six-game loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.

2001-2002 New York Knicks

Jackson was traded to the Knicks, along with Muggsy Bogues (who was later traded to the Dallas Mavericks without playing a game for the Knicks), for Chris Childs on February 22, 2001.

2002-2003 Utah Jazz

On October 2, 2002, Jackson signed with the Utah Jazz and played for them during the 2002–03 season as John Stockton’s backup.

2004 Houston Rockets

On January 15, 2004, Jackson signed Houston Rockets backup Steve Francis. Jackson played in only 42 games as a Rocket and experienced a significant drop in production, retiring at the end of the season.

Mark Jackson career

Coaching career

 Golden State Warriors (2011–2014)

On June 6, 2011, Jackson was hired as the 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 only once in the previous 17 years, Jackson vowed to turn the Warriors into a good defensive team and a playoff contender  but struggled to a 23–43 record in his first year during the firing. -shortened the 2011-12 season when the team suffered several injuries to key players while adapting to the new system. In the 2012-2013 season, Jackson led the Warriors to a 47-35 record and the No. 6 seed in the Western Conference playoffs with strong performances from Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. It was the first time the Warriors made the playoffs since the 2006–07 season. The Warriors defeated the Denver Nuggets 4-2 in the first round but lost to the San Antonio Spurs 4-2 in the semifinals.

Broadcasting Career

Jackson worked as an analyst for the New Jersey Networks on the YES Network, primarily with Marv Albert. He also served as an analyst for ABC, working with Mike Breen and former coach Jeff Van Gundy.

At the end of the 2008 NBA season, Jackson unexpectedly left his position at the YES Network. The move prompted speculation that Jackson would replace Isiah Thomas as coach of the New York Knicks, but Jackson said those rumors were false and that the decision was based on his desire to end his commute from Los Angeles and his contract with ABC.However, the rumors persisted until the Knicks hired former Phoenix Suns head coach Mike D’Antoni.

The basketball card featuring Jackson is famous for having the Menéndez brothers watching as spectators in the background.


  • NBA All-Star Game (1989)
  • NBA Rookie of the Year (1988)
  • NBA All-Rookie First Team (1988)
  • NBA Assistant Director (1997)
  • Consensus Second Team All-American (1987)
  • Eastern Defensive Player of the Year (1987)
  • 2× First Team All-Big East (1986, 1987)
  • Haggerty Award (1987)
  • NCAA Season Contributor (1986)

Net Worth 2023

Mark Jackson has an estimated net worth of $6 million.

ESPN Reportedly Releases NBA Analyst Mark Jackson

Mark Jackson to the list of ESPN reporters and commentators who have been fired in the last five weeks.

Jackson was released on Monday with two years left on his contract. With Jeff Van Gundy also being laid off end of June, ESPN is expected to replace them with Doris Burke and Doc Rivers, two people involved in the move told The Associated Press.

They spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because they cannot discuss the transfer of employees publicly.

Mark Jackson laid off by ESPN

Burke and Rivers  join Mike Breen on ESPN and ABC’s premier NBA broadcast team. Burke would be the first woman to serve as an NBA Finals analyst on television. He has called the Playoffs for ESPN Radio since 2020 and has been an analyst for ESPN NBA games since 2017.

Rivers, who was fired as coach of the Philadelphia 76ers in May, called games for ESPN during the 2003–04 season.

Jackson first joined ESPN in 2006, then left in 2011 to become head coach of the Golden State Warriors. He returned to the gridiron in May 2014 after being released by the Warriors.  Van Gundy has been the network’s top NBA analyst since 2007 and recently called a record 17th NBA Finals. Breen, Van Gundy and Jackson called a combined 15 final.

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