Former Michigan Wolverine Jalen Rose: “When I walk into a room I speak to everybody”

Since Michigan is the in thing, here it goes: everybody knows who the Fab 5 is and was and Jalen Rose was the team leader that made it cool.

Leading that team takes both strong leadership and social skills. Rose, now retired after a 13-year NBA career, earned his stripes. A 6’8 was a scorer with uncanny court vision, like a point guard, Rose made an appearance in the NBA Finals as a member of the Indiana Pacers, was the NBA’s Most Improved Player in 2000 and made a smooth transition into broadcasting. Currently the host of NBA Countdown on ESPN, and co-hosting ESPN’s Jalen & Jacoby, Rose plays it cool and is around everyone and everywhere.

I remember that being the case evern when he was a player. Making cameos in music videos like, Jadakiss’ We Gonna Make It and playing himself in the movie, Barbershop. He was everywhere at the right time!

How did he become so cool?? 

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“I am that kind of guy that when I walk into a room I speak to everybody,” Rose told me on the Scoop B Radio Podcast. “How you doing? What’s going on? Hugs and kisses and dap whether I’m at the barbershop, on the airplane, that’s just something that I’ve adopted.”

Rose also credits many in his tight knit family that served as positive role models. Those folks include his mother who raised him alone while working at Chrysler for 20 years and his grandfather who owned a grocery store in Bainbridge, Georgia.

ESPN’s Jalen Rose and sports and entertainment journalist, Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson chat at the NBA Draft. (Photo Credit: Gemini Keez KeezCam/ScoopVision Media)

“He was my first illustration of cool,” Rose said of his grandfather. “He was always well dressed, wearing a pea-coat, wearing nice hats and he was an entrepreneur at a time when our country was a lot different as it related to what we could do as people of color.”

The 13th pick by the Denver Nuggets in the 1994 NBA Draft, Rose has been in the national spotlight since his high school days at Detroit Southwestern High School. It was there that he played alongside future NBA stars Voshon Lenard and Howard Eisley. On the podcast he discusses the high regard that he holds for Larry Bird and Isiah Thomas, both of whom coached Rose during his days as an Indiana Pacer and why he’s able to get along with just about everybody.








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About Brandon Robinson

Brandon 'Scoop B' Robinson is a managing editor and columnist at RESPECT Magazine. Follow him on Twitter: @ScoopB and Instagram: @Scoop_B. As a 12 year old, he was a Nets reporter from 1997-1999, co-hosting a show called Nets Slammin' Planet with former New Jersey Net Albert King and Nets play-by-play man Chris Carrino. He's also been a writer and radio host at CBS and a staff writer at The Source Magazine. He's a graduate of both Eastern University and Hofstra University. You can catch him daily on the Scoop B Radio Podcast. Visit to listen. For inquiries and to contact Brandon 'Scoop B' Robinson visit