Michigan is making noise in the NCAA tournament. It may give you some nostalgia to the early 90s, it might not. But be clear, that team was special and they were trendsetters!The Fab Five included Chris Webber, Juwan Howard, Ray Jackson, Jimmy King and Jalen Rose.
That Wolverines team introduced the world to looking good on the court while also playing even better. Remeber the long shorts, the Nike Huarache sneakers and the self-expression that transcended race, creed, gender and socio-economic status.
Check out Jalen Rose appearing on Scoop B Radio Discussing The Fab 5
Many basketball purists were critical, and even downright nasty toward their early following.
“We looked different, we sounded different, we were a lot more brash,” Rose told me on Scoop B Radio. “When we became mainstream, people didn’t know that we weren’t malicious, we weren’t mean, we were just different. We were just loud! We were giving you guys something that you hadn’t seen before. So I used to take it personal because I had to fight that off for years.”
Jalen and his teammates were trendsetters. How so? It didn’t exactly Rose as strange that people were naming their children after him. But it did flatter him.
“Jalen is a universal name. If it was the most popular in 1992, there’s no surprise when you’re watching college basketball or football each weekend, there’s a variation of a Jalen on every team,” he laughed. “That’s the most humbling thing anybody can do is name their kid after you.”