Summer 2024

From the Archives: On the Mark

The Golden State Warriors, coached by former NBA star Steve Kerr, will begin the final chapter of their quest for back-to-back NBA titles tonight in Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Kerr will be trying to earn his second NBA title in two years of coaching the Warriors.

Before Kerr was at the helm in Golden State, however, head coach Mark Jackson was head coach of the Warriors from 2011-14. In his three years of head coaching, Jackson led his team from 23 wins in his first season to 51 wins in 2014. He also led Golden State to two straight playoffs appearances — 2013 and 2014 — for the first time since 1991-92.

Back in 1999, when Jackson was playing for the Indiana Pacers, he shared his story with Sports Spectrum — discussing how he maintains a healthy spiritual lifestyle despite his busy NBA schedule. He talked about the things God was teaching him at the time and how he incorporated his faith into his every-day life.

“I want to be used so [the spectator] can see that the peace I have has nothing to do with me; it’s due to the grace of God,” Jackson said. “I want to be a light in a dark world.”

To read the full June 1999 cover story on Mark, click HERE. To read the complete June 1999 issue, click HERE. Jackson currently works for ESPN as a broadcast commentator.