Mark Jackson was named the new head coach of the Golden State Warriors on June 6. Though it's Jackson's first coaching job, he's been a part of the basketball landscape for the past quarter-century. The Queens, N.Y., native played four seasons at St. John's, beginning in 1983, and was part of Red Storm coach Lou Carnesecca's only Final Four team, in 1985.
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Mark Jackson and Pearl Washington
During his junior season, Jackson averaged 11.3 points per game and dished out 9.1 assists.
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Willie Glass, Mark Jackson and Walter Berry
Jackson led St. John's to a 70-69 win against Syracuse in the Big East Conference Championship in 1986. The Redmen would take a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament before falling in the second round.
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Mark Jackson and Kareem Abdul Jabbar
The New York Knicks selected Jackson with the 18th overall pick in the 1987 draft and he went on to win Rookie of the Year honors. In this photo, Jackson helps pay tribute to the retiring Kareem Abdul Jabbar by giving him framed jerseys from his former teams.
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After honoring Jabbar, Jackson had one of his best games of the season -- including a late-game three-point play. Jackson started in 72 games for the Knicks that season and had a career-high 16.9 points per game.
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In 1992, Jackson was part of a three-team trade with the Knicks, Clippers and Magic that sent him to the Clippers along with a second-round draft pick. It was the first of several NBA homes for the Queens native.
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Mark Jackson and Reggie Miller
After two years with the Clippers, Jackson was shipped to Indiana, where he and Reggie Miller beat Jackson's former Knicks 97-95 in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
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Jackson busts a move after making a late-game 3-pointer against the Chicago Bulls in Conseco Fieldhouse. The Pacers won 103-97 against the Jordan-less Bulls.
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Mark Jackson and Mugsy Bogues
Two fan-favorites squared off when Jackson's Nuggets faced Mugsey Bogues' Charlotte Hornets in 1997. Jackson was traded to the Nuggets in a deal that included Jalen Rose, but only stayed in Denver for 52 games.
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Reggie Miller and Mark Jackson
Jackson quickly went back to the Pacers and didn't miss a beat, helping Indiana take the Bulls to seven games in the 1998 Eastern Conference Finals before the lockout-shortened 1998-99 season.
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Jackson's production went down steadily as he jumped around the NBA. He landed in Toronto for the 2000-01 season, handing out eight assists per game but only 7.6 points.
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Larry Johnson, Joey Crawford and Mark Jackson
Mark Jackson has a chat with long-time NBA official Joe Crawford after he ejected Jackson's coach Jeff Van Gundy during a game against the Heat in 2001. It was Jackson's second stint with the Knicks.
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Jackson signed as a free agent with the Utah Jazz in 2002. He didn't start a single game under Jerry Sloan and averaged 4.6 assists in 17.9 minutes of play.
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Shaquille O'Neal and Mark Jackson
Jackson would end his career playing for coach (and current broadcast partner) Jeff Van Gundy and the Houston Rockets, where he appeared in 42 games during the 2003-04 season and averaged a minuscule 2.5 points per game and 2.8 assists.
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Mark Jackson, Jeff Van Gundy and Mike Breen
"Mama, there goes that man!" Jackson's signature phrase can be applied to his recent flight from ABC and ESPN to the head coaching seat of the Golden State Warriors. Jackson's hiring marks the 11th coach for the Warriors since 1995.
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