Jalen Rose

Jalen Rose

Rose in 2012
Personal information
Born (1973-01-30) January 30, 1973
Detroit, Michigan
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school Southwestern (Detroit, Michigan)
College Michigan (1991–1994)
NBA draft 1994 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13th overall
Selected by the Denver Nuggets
Playing career 1994–2007
Position Shooting guard / Small forward
Number 5, 8
Career history
19941996 Denver Nuggets
19962002 Indiana Pacers
20022004 Chicago Bulls
20042006 Toronto Raptors
2006 New York Knicks
2006–2007 Phoenix Suns
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 13,220 (14.3 ppg)
Rebounds 3,193 (3.5 rpg)
Assists 3,527 (3.8 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Jalen Anthony Rose (born January 30, 1973) is an American professional basketball player and current sports analyst with ESPN. In college, he was a member of the 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 NBA for six teams, most notably alongside 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 sometimes played the role of a shooting guard. As of 2014 Rose serves as the official ambassador and spokesperson for the National Basketball Retired Players Association [1]

Early years

Rose's mother coined his given name from a combination of his father's name, James, and his uncle's name, Leonard.[2] Rose's biological father Jimmy Walker was a former #1 overall pick who started in the backcourt alongside 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.[3]

College career

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 the 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". 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.[4] Of the players called before the grand jury (Robert Traylor, Webber, Rose, Maurice Taylor, and Louis Bullock)[5] in the University of Michigan basketball scandal, Rose was the only one not listed as having received large amounts of money.[6]

NBA career

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.[7]

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 forward.

Rose's greatest moments as a pro occurred as a member of the Indiana Pacers, as he 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 Kevin Ollie.

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 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.

Rose's tenure with the Knicks was uneventful and prior to the start of the 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 his blog at jalenrose.com.[8] On November 7, it was officially announced that Rose had signed a $1.5 million one-year deal with Phoenix.[9]

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 as an active player and transitioned into a broadcasting career.

NBA career statistics

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season

1994–95 Denver 81 37 22.2 .454 .316 .739 2.7 4.8 .8 .3 8.2
1995–96 Denver 80 37 26.7 .480 .296 .690 3.3 6.2 .7 .5 10.0
1996–97 Indiana 66 6 18.0 .456 .292 .750 1.8 2.3 .9 .3 7.3
1997–98 Indiana 82 0 20.8 .478 .342 .728 2.4 1.9 .7 .2 9.4
1998–99 Indiana 49 1 25.3 .403 .262 .791 3.1 1.9 1.0 .3 11.1
1999–00 Indiana 80 80 37.2 .471 .393 .827 4.8 4.0 1.1 .6 18.2
2000–01 Indiana 72 72 40.9 .457 .339 .828 5.0 6.0 .9 .6 20.5
2001–02 Indiana 53 53 36.5 .444 .356 .839 4.7 3.7 .8 .5 18.5
2001–02 Chicago 30 30 40.5 .470 .370 .839 4.1 5.3 1.1 .5 23.8
2002–03 Chicago 82 82 40.9 .406 .370 .854 4.3 4.8 .9 .3 22.1
2003–04 Chicago 16 14 33.1 .375 .426 .765 4.0 3.5 .8 .3 13.3
2003–04 Toronto 50 50 39.4 .410 .311 .822 4.0 5.5 .8 .4 16.2
2004–05 Toronto 81 65 33.5 .455 .394 .854 3.4 2.6 .8 .1 18.5
2005–06 Toronto 46 22 26.9 .404 .270 .765 2.8 2.5 .4 .2 12.1
2005–06 New York 26 23 28.7 .460 .491 .812 3.2 2.6 .4 .1 12.7
2006–07 Phoenix 29 0 8.5 .442 .447 .917 3.6 2.5 .2 .1 3.7
Career 923 572 30.3 .443 .355 .801 3.5 3.8 .8 .3 14.3


1995 Denver 3 3 33.0 .464 .250 .600 3.7 6.0 1.0 .7 10.0
1998 Indiana 15 0 19.5 .480 .375 .741 1.8 1.9 .7 .4 8.1
1999 Indiana 13 0 27.3 .442 .348 .824 2.4 2.5 1.0 .4 12.2
2000 Indiana 24 23 41.9 .437 .429 .805 4.4 3.4 .7 .5 20.8
2001 Indiana 4 4 41.0 .380 .313 1.000 4.5 2.8 1.5 .3 18.0
2007 Phoenix 1 0 9.0 .250 .000 .000 1.0 2.0 .0 .0 2.0
Career 59 30 31.9 .438 .385 .801 3.2 2.9 .8 .4 14.6

Player profile

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 season.

While he showed a willingness in Toronto to work harder than ever (particularly on defense), 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 at least raised his play to a more acceptable level. He increased his Player Efficiency Rating more than three whole 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.

Off the court

Media figure and business interests

Rose first got 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 ESPN, first as an analyst on SportsCenter and in 2012 he became one of the hosts for NBA Countdown. Rose and Bill Simmons replaced Chris Broussard and Jon Barry. Rose has also worked on ESPN's Grantland.com. He currently co-hosts Jalen and Jacoby, a national, US, sports radio show on ESPN Radio, with David Jacoby that started in September 2015.[10] Rose appeared as a panelist on German television network RTL Group's upcoming 2015 version of To Tell The Truth that will air on ABC.

Rose is the owner of Three Tier Entertainment, an independent, LA based management and production company. Created in 2007, Three Tier Entertainment is heavily involved in the development of television and film projects and also manages talent including directors, actors and screenplay writers.

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 players and Duke Blue Devils men's basketball players in forums such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.[11] 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 2016.


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’s most substantial outreach initiative to date is the establishment of the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy (JRLA). The academy opened its doors in September 2011 and 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 is the founder of JRLA and serves as the President of the Board of Directors.[12]

Rose has donated nearly $2 million via his charitable fund and to support his charter school in his hometown. In a movement to transform public education, he is also an Ambassador for the American Federation for Children.

The 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. In addition, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame awarded Rose the 2016 Mannie Jackson – Basketball’s Human Spirit Award.

Personal life

Rose is the father of two daughters (Mariah and Gracie) and son (LaDarius).

In 2005, Rose earned a Bachelor of Science in Management Studies from the University of Maryland University College.[13][14]

In 2016, Rose appeared over the six-episode series on To Tell The Truth as a panelist. Hosted by Anthony Anderson, To Tell The Truth is a re-imagination of the game show of the same name. He’s also appeared on Celebrity Family Feud (2016) and Celebrity Wheel of Fortune (2003). Rose has also appeared on Fresh Off The Boat and The Game, and has made cameos in The Cookout 2, Just Wright and Barbershop.

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.

Rose has been in a relationship with ESPN First Take host, Molly Qerim since July 2016.[15][16]


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  9. "Full bloom: Free agent Rose signs deal with Suns."www.espn.com, November 7, 2006. Retrieved November 6, 2013.
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  12. "About JRLA." Jalen Rose Leadership Academy. Retrieved November 8, 2013.
  13. Walsh-Sarnecki, Peggy. "Practicing What He Preaches." Detroit Free Press, Jul 9, 2005. www.jalenrose.com.
  14. Rose, Jalen. "Jalen Rose Leadership Academy: Bringing a Quality Education and Jobs to Detroit." Huffington Post, Feb 1, 2013. www.huffingtonpost.com.
  15. http://thebiglead.com/2016/07/13/jalen-rose-and-first-take-host-molly-qerim-are-dating/
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