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Mark Jackson signs on with ESPN again, will call Sunday's Heat-Pacers game

Golden State Warriors head coach Mark Jackson instructs

Golden State Warriors head coach Mark Jackson instructs his team against the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half in Game 4 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series on Sunday, April 27, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. Credit: AP / Marcio Jose Sanchez

ESPN announced Saturday it has reached a multi-year agreement to bring Mark Jackson back to the network as an NBA analyst.

He will rejoin his old partners on ESPN's No. 1 announcing team, Mike Breen and Jeff Van Gundy, starting with Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Sunday and continuing through the NBA Finals.

So Jackson, who recently was fired as coach of the Warriors, will work as an analyst for the Eastern finals, while Steve Kerr, the man who replaced him with the Warriors, will analyze the Western finals for TNT.

Jackson worked for ESPN through 2011, including five seasons with Breen and Van Gundy. Fans and news media members have mentioned the New York native as a potential coach for the Knicks, but there has been no indication the team is headed in that direction.

"We're thrilled to welcome Mark back to ESPN and for him to reunite with Mike Breen and Jeff Van Gundy -- a three-person booth that was very popular and successful for us for several years," John Wildhack, ESPN executive vice-president, production and programming, said in a news release.

"Mark has an outstanding NBA mind, a tremendous on-air presence and he brings a wealth of knowledge both as a player and now as a head coach." -- NEIL BEST

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