May 16, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; ESPN sideline reporter Doris Burke (left) interviews Golden State Warriors head coach Mark Jackson (right) during the third quarter in game six of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs against the San Antonio Spurs at Oracle Arena. The Spurs defeated the Warriors 94-82. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Mark Jackson Returns To ESPN, Kerr "Lowballed" By Knicks?


A couple of stories concerning the former Golden State Warriors head coach and current coach broke out on Saturday.

For one, Mark Jackson will be returning to his old gig at ESPN. Jackson reached a “multiyear agreement” with the network and will be calling games alongside Mike Breen and Jeff Van Gundy. In fact, you’ll be able to hear him Sunday afternoon, as the trio will be calling Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Heat and Pacers.

Jackson spent five seasons at ESPN before being hired as Warriors’ head coach in 2011. So, get ready to have the phrases “Mama, there goes that man,” and “hand down, man down” ingrained in your head once again.

According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, Steve Kerr chose to become the Warriors head coach because Phil Jackson and the Knicks lowballed him.

Jackson offered Kerr a three-year, $13.2 million deal, before the Warriors jumped in with a four-year, $22 million offer. A source told Berman that Kerr “wasn’t moving across the country for less money than the Warriors were offering.”

If Jackson had given Kerr what he wanted, he would have gotten his man. Instead, the Knicks are stuck without a coach, while the Warriors have one of their top choices as head coach.

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  • EarlBlackJesusMonroe

    Knicks offered the appropriate salary for a rookie head coach with no experience whatsoever on any NBA bench (as a coach).

    The Warriors are paying him more than Tom Thibodeau, Rick Carlisle, Erik Spoelstra, & Scott Brooks.

    Jeff Hornacek was paid $2 million last season. How is Kerr worth $5 million?