Mark Jackson will return to ESPN as an NBA game analyst beginning Sunday for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals, 12 days after the Warriors fired him as head coach.

ESPN announced Saturday that Jackson agreed to a multi-year deal at a time when Jackson is open to a return to coaching.

"I'm Back!," Jackson wrote on Instagram. "Praise God!".

Jackson, who is scheduled to call the Eastern Conference finals and NBA Finals, will rejoin broadcast partners Mike Breen and Jeff Van Gundy. That team worked together from 2006-2011 before Jackson left to become the Warriors' head coach.

Jackson was fired after leading the Warriors to back-to-back playoff appearances.

"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," ESPN executive vice president John Wildhack said in a statement. "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."



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