When NBA Coaches Were Players

Mark Jackson
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Mark Jackson

Mark Jackson played for seven teams during his 17-year career as player, winning the 1988 Rookie of the Year award, earning an All-Star appearance in 1989 and competing in 131 playoff games. He also led the league in assists (11.4 per game) during the 1996-97 season and is one of only four players to record at least 10,000 total assists. Jackson was noted for his style of backing down opposing point guards, which prompted the league to install the "five-second rule," prohibiting players from dribbling with their backs to the basket for more than five seconds below the foul line. After retiring in 2004, Jackson went on to become a TV analyst before the Warriors handed him his first head-coaching job on June 6.

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