Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
After playing professional basketball for 13 years, many sports channels were asking me to be on their network. I have been an NBA analyst for NBC sports Philadelphia and NCAA basketball color analysts since I retired from basketball since 2010.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this?
The most interesting story while traveling to Wyoming to be the color analysis for the university of Wyoming vs Boise State game on the Wyoming campus it was a blizzard. When the game finished I wanted to see more of the state so I stayed in Wyoming for 3 more days driving around the state viewing and enjoying the wonderful countryside. While covering the NBA playoffs for the Philadelphia 76ers it’s a wonderful opportunity to cover the game as a media member after spending so much time playing in the playoffs and being the player that the media wants to talk about. So I’ve experienced the best of both worlds.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
You must constantly improve your craft, in sports, you work tirelessly to improve your body and mind to stay good in your sport once you are now on TV and people are watching you for information, you must work the same way so people continue to want to watch you. So your same work ethic must be the same.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
Michelle Murray! She was at the time I retired, in charge of content for NBC and she reached out to me and said I would be great on TV. I was playing for the New Orleans Hornets and Michelle called me with a month left in the season and said I hear you’re considering retirement? I said maybe she said when you are done come to be on our air covering the 76ers! I said sure and I have been there ever since.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
When people of all ages see me in person the first thing they say is; thank you for being honest with us when we watch you on TV. What they are referring to is normally when you are on tv covering a team in the NBA you are supposed to be biased and never admit your home team does anything wrong. That is not what I do, I’m always honest. With that being said I mentor and try to help many young athletes who have questions regarding their future and most of the time they hire people who. Don’t care about their future and if they are successful. When they ask for advice I make sure I’m always honest about how they can be successful for themselves and others around them. Also, I use my Celebrity status in the city of Philadelphia to mentor young kids with my non-profit foundation to mentor kids threw the game of basketball. Jacko25LLC
Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
“Those who are prepared are always invited” meaning if you are truly working to be prepared for when your opportunity comes then when your number is called you will always succeed!
How can our readers follow you on social media?
You can follow me on IG-Team_Jacko and Twitter-Jacko2544.