"Mark Jackson Apologizes for Leaving Nikola Jokic Off MVP Ballot and Crowns Joel Embiid MVP"
Mark Jackson, ESPN NBA analyst and former NBA coach, has issued an apology for leaving Denver Nuggets star Nikola Jokic off his MVP ballot. Joel Embiid was voted MVP, with Jokic coming in a close second. Jackson said he "made a mistake" and "apologizes to the Denver Nuggets" and "to Nikola Jokic".
Jokic had an incredible season, nearly averaging a triple-double while leading the NBA in triple-doubles. Jackson said, despite his error, he "would have still voted for Joel Embiid the MVP" but acknowledged that Jokic deserved to be on his ballot.
Jackson declared, "if you want to take away my vote or do whatever, more than welcome. I made a mistake." He also praised Jokic as "one of the greatest players in the history of this game and a top-10 center of all-time." Ultimately, Jackson owned up to his mistake and offered his sincerest apology.