Mark Jackson, former NBA All-Star turned ESPN NBA analyst, faces an uncertain future after reportedly being banned from the New York Knicks’ plane.
Jackson, who was fired from ESPN in July, was initially considered for a fill-in analyst role with the MSG Network, where he could occasionally call Knicks games. However, a spokesperson for the MSG Network stated that they were unable to work out an arrangement for the current season.
Via NY Post:
MSG Network planned on having Jackson occasionally fill in for Clyde Frazier this season, but Knicks management, led by team president Leon Rose, put a kibosh on the arrangement in part due to an old quarrel with Jackson and an assistant coach, according to sources.
“We weren’t able to work something out this season,” an MSG Network spokesman told The Post.
The Knicks declined to comment.
The ban from the team’s plane raises questions about Jackson’s potential role and relationship with the Knicks. The situation becomes more intriguing due to Jackson’s past connection with Darren Erman, a current assistant coach for the Knicks.
Erman previously worked under Jackson with the Golden State Warriors but was fired by Jackson in 2014 for secretly recording him and players. While the exact reasons for Jackson’s ban remain unclear, it adds a layer of complexity to his potential involvement with the MSG Network and the Knicks.