ESPN Has Let Mark Jackson Go

Mark Jackson, former NBA star and coach, bids farewell to ESPN after nearly a decade as a regular fixture on the sports network. The news of his departure came as a surprise to many, and Jackson expressed his shock and gratitude in a statement he posted on Monday evening.

According to reports by Andrew Marchand for the New York Post, ESPN is making historic moves by considering the promotion of Doris Burke as the first woman TV analyst for the NBA Finals. Additionally, they are looking to hire Doc Rivers to join her, as confirmed by Associated Press sources.

Jackson’s heartfelt statement thanked ESPN and the NBA ESPN crew for the opportunity to be a part of the organization for over 15 years. He acknowledged the invaluable learning experiences from fellow commentators Mike Breen and Jeff Van Gundy, whom he considers like brothers, and praised the remarkable work of Lisa Salters.

As he expressed his gratitude to the behind-the-scenes staff and crew, Jackson’s words conveyed his genuine appreciation for their contributions to his journey at ESPN.

Despite having two years left on his contract, Jackson’s services were no longer required at the network. He first became a broadcast commentator for ESPN and ABC following his retirement as an NBA player in 2004. After a brief stint as coach for the Golden State Warriors between 2011 and 2014, he rejoined ESPN and most recently served as a commentator during the 2023 NBA Finals alongside Jeff Van Gundy and Jalen Rose.

The departure of Van Gundy and Rose from ESPN last month added to the changes in the NBA broadcasting team.

Meanwhile, Doc Rivers may soon find a new role at ESPN after his firing by the Philadelphia 76ers, where he spent three seasons as head coach. His dismissal came after the Sixers’ loss to the Boston Celtics in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, despite holding a 3-2 lead at the time. Rivers expressed appreciation for his time with the team and the opportunity to lead and learn.

The NBA broadcasting landscape is witnessing significant changes, and fans eagerly await updates on the new ESPN team and potential hires.

Read his final remarks below:

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