Mark A. Jackson (born April 1 1965 in Brooklyn, New York) is a retired American professional basketball player who played point guard 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. He was previously an NBA analyst for The YES Network's New Jersey Nets games. Although rumored to be a candidate for the New York Knicks head coaching vacancy, Jackson was not offered the job. Jackson currently works as a color commentator for ESPN and ABC alongside his former coach Jeff Van Gundy.
Mark Jackson was born in Queens on April 1, 1965 to a Black American father and Black Dominican mother. Jackson was regarded as one of the nation's elite point guards while attending Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn under coach Patrick Quigley. Mark gained a reputation as a streetballer in New York and a college hoops star at St. John's University.
Jackson was made the 18th pick of the 1987 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks. The couple has 4 children, and currently live in Los Angeles. He is the older brother of And 1 streetballer Troy Jackson, better known as "Escalade". Jackson is also a licensed minister.