Mark Jackson has no ill feelings towards Doc Rivers as he wishes nothing but the best for the returning league broadcast analyst.
Spotted recently by TMZ in Beverly Hills, Jackson delivered his praise and well wishes to Rivers as the former Philadelphia 76ers coach is set to replace him at ESPN’s top broadcast team heading to the 2023-24 campaign.
“I wish Doc nothing but the best,” he said. “He’s a Hall of Fame coach. A tremendous guy. And he’ll be great.”
Rivers will make a return to the announcing gig for the first time since the 2003-04 season wherein he was paired with Al Michaels in ABC’s top broadcast squad.
After years of partnership, ESPN decided to severe their ties with Jackson alongside Jeff Van Gundy this summer. The network went on to announce that Rivers and longtime female caster Doris Burke will fill their position at the side of renowned play-by-play announcer Mike Breen in covering NBA games.
In a personal letter, Jackson confirmed the dismissal and went on to note that he was “shocked and dismayed” from the unexpected decision made by ESPN. Nevertheless, he’s thankful for the wonderful opportunity that was given to him to serve the fans and the entire league.
Jackson, a 19-year professional cager in the association, previously served as the head coach of the Golden State Warriors from 2011 to 2014.