Jalen Anthony Rose (born January 30, 1973) is a former American
professional basketball player, current sports analyst for ESPN, and
cofounder of the
Jalen Rose Leadership Academy. In college, he was a
member of the
University of Michigan
University of Michigan Wolverines' "Fab Five" (along
with Chris Webber, Juwan Howard, Jimmy King, and Ray Jackson) that
reached the 1992 and 1993 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball
Championship games as both freshmen and sophomores. Rose played in the
Basketball Association (NBA) for six teams, most notably
Reggie Miller on the
Indiana Pacers teams that made three
consecutive Eastern Conference finals, including the 2000 NBA Finals.
Rose was primarily a small forward; however, he sometimes played the
role of a shooting guard.
1 Early years
2 College career
3 NBA career
3.1 NBA career statistics
3.1.1 Regular season
4 Player profile
5 Off the court
5.1 Media figure and business interests
5.3 Personal life
7 External links
Rose's mother named him from a combination of his father's name,
James, and his uncle's name, Leonard. Rose's biological father
Jimmy Walker was a former #1 overall pick who started in the backcourt
Jerry West in the 1972 NBA All-Star Game. Walker died in
July 2007 of lung cancer. Although they eventually spoke several times
over the phone, Rose never met his father in person.
Michigan's Fab Five (left to right) Jimmy King, Rose, Chris Webber,
Ray Jackson, and Juwan Howard
As a star at Southwestern High School in Detroit, where he was
teammates with future NBA players
Voshon Lenard and Howard Eisley,
Rose obtained a high profile and can even be seen at a high school
All-American camp in the documentary film, Hoop Dreams. Rose attended
University of Michigan
University of Michigan where the Wolverines reached two NCAA
Finals games in 1992 and 1993, finishing as national runners up both
times. Rose was a part of Wolverines coach Steve Fisher's legendary
1991 recruiting class, dubbed the "Fab Five" where he and his
teammates revolutionized the sport of basketball on the court and off
by wearing baggy uniform shorts, black socks and black shoes. He led
the Fab Five in scoring his freshman year, averaging 19 points per
game, and set the school freshman scoring record with 597 total
points. Aside from being the most outspoken of the Fab Five, Rose was
also their small forward and leader. While he did not win a NCAA
title, he racked up over 1700 points, 400 rebounds, 400 assists, and
100 steals. At 6-8 and playing as a versatile point guard, some
reporters started comparing Rose to his schoolboy idol Magic
Johnson. Of the players called before the grand jury (Robert
Traylor, Webber, Rose, Maurice Taylor, and Louis Bullock) in the
University of Michigan
University of Michigan basketball scandal, Rose was the only one not
listed as having received large amounts of money.
Rose played for six different NBA teams, forging a solid pro career
after skipping his senior season at Michigan. He was selected 13th
overall by the
Denver Nuggets in the 1994 NBA draft. After two years
with Denver, he was traded to the Indiana Pacers, along with Reggie
Williams and a future first round draft pick, for Mark Jackson, Ricky
Pierce, and a 1st round draft pick. Over the course of his 13-year NBA
career, Rose earned more than $100,000,000 in salary compensation.
Despite his successes in Indiana, he was not readily accepted early
on. Rose frequently logged DNPCDs (Did Not Play –
Coach's Decision) under Coach Larry Brown. Rose also often spoke out
about the fact he was being used as a backup two-guard and small
forward over his preference, which was point guard. It was not until
Larry Bird took over coaching duties did Rose finally begin to
blossom, eventually realizing he was most effective at small
As a member of the Indiana Pacers, Rose helped the team get back on
its feet after a disastrous 1996–97 season and make it to three
consecutive Eastern Conference Finals appearances.
Rose became the first player in eight years other than Reggie Miller
to lead the Pacers in scoring in the 1999–2000 season when he
averaged 18.2 points per game for the eventual Eastern Conference
Champions. After helping lead his team to the 2000 NBA Finals, Rose
went on to average 25 points per game in the six game series,
including a 32-point effort in a game five win. However, the Pacers
lost the series to the Los Angeles Lakers.
During the 2001–02 season, Rose was traded to the Chicago Bulls
along with Travis Best, Norman Richardson, and a future second round
draft pick in exchange for Brad Miller, Ron Mercer,
Ron Artest and
After 16 games in the 2003–04 season, Rose was traded to the Toronto
Raptors, along with power forwards
Donyell Marshall and Lonny Baxter.
On January 22, 2006 Rose was among the Raptors who had 81 points
scored on them, as
Kobe Bryant had the best game of his career while
Rose tried to guard him.
Rose in 2006 as a member of the New York Knicks.
On February 3, 2006, midway through the 2005–06 season, he was
traded, along with a first-round draft pick, and an undisclosed sum of
cash (believed to be around $3 million), to the
New York Knicks
New York Knicks for
Antonio Davis, where he was reunited with Larry Brown, his coach for
one year with the Indiana Pacers. The motivation behind this trade was
apparently to free up cap space (Rose earned close to $16 million a
year) and so the Raptors to acquire an experienced center who could
relieve some of Chris Bosh's rebounding duties. Rose's final game and
contribution for the Raptors was a home win against the Sacramento
Kings, where he scored the winning basket in overtime.[citation
Rose's tenure with the Knicks was uneventful and prior to the start of
2006–07 NBA season on October 30, 2006, the Knicks parted ways
with Rose by waiving him. He was courted by several teams including
the Phoenix Suns,
Detroit Pistons and Miami Heat.
On November 3, 2006, Rose announced he would sign with the Suns. On
November 7, it was officially announced that Rose had signed a $1.5
million one-year deal with Phoenix.
As a member of the Phoenix Suns, Rose played minimum minutes. The
fast-paced Suns offense was too fast for the aging swingman and his
knees became a liability on defense. Upon the Suns'
elimination from the 2007 NBA Playoffs, he retired and transitioned
into a broadcasting career.
NBA career statistics
Minutes per game
Field goal percentage
3-point field goal percentage
Free throw percentage
Rebounds per game
Assists per game
Steals per game
Blocks per game
Points per game
A left-handed player, Rose was known to have a smooth and versatile
offensive game. Jalen was particularly gifted as a
scorer from the perimeter or the post. Rose was used
throughout his career at three different positions. He began his
career as a point guard for the
Denver Nuggets and became a shooting
guard/small forward for the Indiana Pacers. He then returned to the
point guard position briefly with the Toronto Raptors. However, during
his career he was most effective as a small forward or swingman. Rose
was also a good passer, especially for his height, and Indiana often
employed him as a point forward. Not known for his defense, Rose's
best moment defensively came during the 1997–1998 season, when Rose
emerged as a defensive stopper on
Michael Jordan in the Eastern
Conference Finals, though the Bulls pulled out the series in seven
games. Rose has sometimes been regarded as a team leader, particularly
under head coach Larry Bird, though he reportedly was a disruptive
force in the Pacers' locker room during his feud with the coach at
that time Isiah Thomas, after Thomas cut former Fab Five teammate
Jimmy King on the final day to do so before the 2000–2001
While in Toronto, Rose also frequently clashed with Raptors coach Sam
Mitchell, who benched a struggling Jalen early in the 2005–06 season
in favor of rookie Joey Graham.
In the following months, Rose increased his Player Efficiency Rating
more than three points (to 13.7) while averaging 12.1 points, 2.5
assists, and 2.8 rebounds per game. However, he only shot 40.4% from
the field and 27% from three-point range (including a 51.4 true
shooting percentage) through 46 games.
In 2003, Rose was honored with the Professional
Magic Johnson Award. Jalen was inducted into the Detroit
High School Hall of Fame in 2013 and Michigan
Basketball Hall of Fame
Off the court
Media figure and business interests
Academically, Rose graduated from
University of Michigan
University of Michigan in Mass
Communications. Rose got his first broadcasting experience as a
courtside reporter for TNT during the 2006 playoffs after the Knicks
were eliminated. Upon the Suns' elimination from the 2007 NBA
Playoffs, he became a consistent commentator for
ESPN giving regular
insider perspective on the remaining playoff games from both a
player's and analyst's perspective.
Since 2007, Rose has worked at ABC/ESPN, first as an analyst on
SportsCenter and in 2012 he became one of the hosts for NBA Countdown.
Rose has also worked on ESPN's Grantland. He currently co-hosts Jalen
and Jacoby, a national, US, sports radio show on
ESPN Radio, with
David Jacoby that started in September 2015.
Rose is the owner of Three Tier Entertainment, an independent, Los
Angeles based management and production company. Created in 2007,
Three Tier Entertainment develops television and film projects and
also manages talent including directors, actors and screenplay
The March 13, 2011 airing of the documentary The Fab Five, which Rose
produced, sparked controversy that led to a series of media exchanges
between members of the press,
Michigan Wolverines men's basketball
Duke Blue Devils men's basketball
Duke Blue Devils men's basketball players in forums such
as The New York Times,
The Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal and The Washington
Post. The Fab Five earned a 2.1 rating to become ESPNʼs highest
rated documentary, according to the Nielsen Company.
Rose released his first book Got to Give the People What They Want
about his personal life story in October 2015. It is a New York Times
Bestseller and made the list of Michigan Notable Books from
In 2000, Rose established the
Jalen Rose Foundation/Charitable Fund to
create life-changing opportunities for underserved youth through the
development of unique programs and the distribution of grants to
qualified nonprofit organizations. Grants focus on education and
sports and are distributed in Jalen’s hometown of
Detroit and in
other communities in need.
Rose established the
Jalen Rose Leadership Academy (JRLA) in 2011. The
academy is an open enrollment, tuition free, public charter high
school on the Northwest side of Detroit. The academy serves over 400
ninth through twelfth grade students and graduated its inaugural class
in June 2015 – one hundred percent of the academy’s graduates have
gained college, trade/technical school or military
acceptance. The mission is to provide a
leadership-focused experience within a high-performing high school
that engages and inspires
Detroit area youth to achieve at the
rigorous level necessary to graduate with a college degree and thrive
in life. Rose serves as the President of the Board of Directors.
Detroit News has recognized Rose with the Michiganian of the Year
Award in recognition of his excellence, courage and philanthropy to
uplift the metropolitan area and Michigan. In 2016, he was awarded the
11th Annual National Civil Rights Museum Sports Legacy Award for his
contributions to civil and human rights, and for laying the foundation
for future leaders through his career in sports in the spirit of Dr.
King. Rose won the award for establishing the
Jalen Rose Foundation,
which creates opportunities for underprivileged youth. In
addition, the Naismith Memorial
Basketball Hall of Fame awarded Rose
the 2016 Mannie Jackson – Basketball’s Human Spirit Award.
Rose is the father of two daughters (Mariah and Gracie) and one son
In 2005, Rose earned a
Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Science in
Management Studies from
the University of Maryland University College.
Rose remains an active supporter of his alma mater, the University of
Michigan, and was seen rooting for their men's basketball team during
the 2006 NIT Final Four with fellow ex-Wolverine, Maurice Taylor.
He also was seen in Atlanta, Georgia for the Wolverines' 2013 NCAA
National Title game.
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