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Bobby Hurley: Jalen Rose Might Have Had a Hard Time Finding Minutes at Duke

This past weekend there were two documentaries on significant college basketball teams to help get fans in the mindset for March Madness. HBO ran a special on the star UNLV team from the early 90s, while ESPN ran a special on the Fab 5 from Michigan. One of the main targets in the Fab 5 documentary in particular was Duke, which lost to UNLV in the finals in 1990 before winning it all in ’91 and ’92, beating Michigan for its second title.

Former Michigan player and current NBA analyst Jalen Rose spent a part of the documentary trashing Duke. He expressed the sentiment that Duke didn’t recruit the type of players Michigan did, going so far as to call black players who went to Duke “Uncle Toms.” That didn’t sit well with former Duke point guard Bobby Hurley.

Hurley played at Duke from 89-93, went to three Final Fours, and was the Final Four’s Most Outstanding Player in 1992 when the Blue Devils beat Michigan in the finals. He joined The Dan Patrick Show Monday and talked about the Fab 5 documentary, responding towards Jalen’s criticism.

“We were 3-0 against Michigan so I can understand Jalen’s frustration,” Hurley said. When asked about Chris Webber who was recruited by Duke, Hurley said “We would have welcomed him with open arms. Jalen on the other hand, I can understand why we didn’t recruit him. He might have a hard time hitting the floor because he wasn’t taking my spot and I think Thomas Hill would have given him a hard time to get on the floor, so I can see that.”

If there’s one way to get back at someone for their criticism, that’s how to do it. Well played Bobby, well played.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_57XNCJC2IYHR3JQH5QNWMITWCY gregory

    Hurley’s spot would’ve been taken also. Hurley was a product of the Coach K System. Individually, he was an average college point guard. By the way, who spot did Hurley take in the NBA? Exactly…

  • Anonymous

    So the all-time leader in assists in ACC history was an “average college point guard”? And you do know that he was starting in Sacramento before his horrendous car accident which ended his career, right? Check your facts before spouting off.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jeff-Collier/9220250 Jeff Collier

    Bobby Hurley. What’s he doing these days? Doing “Don’t Drink and Drive” commercials in Sacramento? Jalen Rose had a 14 year NBA career. I’m pretty sure he would have found the court.

    And with respect to Thomas Hill, I pay him $20/week to pick up my retriever’s poop in the backyard. He does a smashing job.

  • Anonymous

    That’s like Patrick Roy telling the hockey player he couldn’t hear his criticisms because his two Stanley Cup rings were plugging his ears. Best trash talk ever. Hurley’s isn’t bad, either.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CTVW5IC6CLGRMS5AOTEWTQ2EOE MICHAEL DOVE

    Here are some facts for you.Wear a seatbelt.
    Then you wont be thrown from a vehicle after an accident.Bobby Hurley was never going to amount to anything in the NBA.Thomas Hill is a joke..Check that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Crockett/100000218044969 David Crockett

    Jalen Rose would have had the equipment manager carry his jock, because Hurley sure couldn’t and neither Thomas Hill. Rose had a pretty good 14 year career in the NBA. Grant Hill can’t say that nor any other “Dukie”. Just the name ” Dukie ” sounds like gay planet. Isn’t Thomas Hill doing odd jobs these days? Hurley is doing sobriety commercials.

  • http://www.facebook.com/torey.severino Torey Severino

    Bobby Hurley NBA Career- 5 yrs, 3.8 pts/ game- 3.3 Ast/game 269 games started as point guard………………
    Jalen Rose NBA Career 15 years, 14.3 pts/ game- 3.8 Ast/ game 923 games started as a point guard…………

    Jalen Rose would have been starter at Duke and Hurley would have been back up like Collins, Wojo and all the other over-hyped point guards in Duke History. That is what you get when you have a talented team and Coach K has always recruited well. Hurley was nothing without Leattner and G Hill. This is the dumbest quote I have ever heard from a player. Sounds like sour grapes from a man who over achieved his potential!

  • Anonymous

    Wow hurley defends himself and gets berated by Jalen Rose fans??? I didnt even know there were rose fans, lets be honest rose was a consistent backup in the NBA the same that Hurley would have been but in the coleege level hurley was a product of a good DUKE system that did make him a star and Rose was just a role player on a good michigan team.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IEQDHNH5IXMQBUVLGTKHWKKU7U Eric

    Sure Hurley,… Jalen Rose a 14 YEAR NBA VETERAN would have been stuck behind you… That speaks more to how bad the Duke culture is than to how much better you were to him. And I DO NOT AGREE WITH THE UNCLE TOM comments made by Jalen Rose. But you saying things like Jalen Rose would be riding the bench because of…(cough) your greatness is laughable.

    And to those who may give credence to Hurley’s arguments due to his stats at Duke, ask yourself this: who was Hurley playing with at the time: Laetner and Grant Hill. Whose the one player in that group that you feel you have to play him straight up without shifting your defense due to the presence of the other 2… Thank you

  • Anonymous

    Jalen is a racist joke, anyone who discredits someone of their own ethnicity for going to a university of higher learning on a free ride is a fool himself. Rose may have had a subpar at best NBA career but whos the one with lingering feelings about who? Deal with it Rose, theirs a reason why webber wanted no part of your little documentary….. its garbage.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Edward-Harris/755284415 Edward Harris

    I believe he said at the time he felt that way, because Duke didn’t recruit players like him..based on looks and social background. Webber didn’t want any part of it because he was wrong!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Edward-Harris/755284415 Edward Harris

    LOL! Bobby Hurley your stats in college were good, but I am sure Rose would have taken your spot! and put up the same type of numbers….by the way why did you get so mad!

  • Anonymous

    One roster was recruited, the other was purchased.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    Is that what Jalen meant when he said he wouldn’t fit in there?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ben-Parker/506863845 Ben Parker

    WTF are you smokin? Grant Hill is ten times the player Jalen Rose was. Grant might not get in the HOF, but at least he’ll be on the ballot unlike Jalen. Jalen just sounds childish trying to bash Duke for beating one of the most talented teeams of all time fair and square.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ben-Parker/506863845 Ben Parker

    You mean Michigan? They are the only one of the 2 universities mentioned that have been fined for recruiting violations in NCAA Basketball.

  • http://twitter.com/iwearnomic Iwear Nomic

    Who is talking about the NBA? We are talking about Duke vs. Michigan.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_T7ERESSTP5JVNZUWZVZOW6IGGA zoo

    Facts? Bobby Hurley had five seasons in Sacramento and couldn’t find his way off the bench, starting a maximum of 22 games in 95-96. His scoring and assist averages wouldn’t have gotten him onto -any- NBA starting five, and if his career hadn’t been ended by his own stupidity, it would have been ended by the brutal competition for roster spots in the NBA.

    As for Duke, it is a great system… for producing assholes. Guys like Grant Hill are the exception. Guys like Bobby Hurley are the norm.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jamie-Scott/1278459817 Jamie Scott

    jalen was a starting player for basically his hole career. he was also a main part of the pacer team that lost to a great laker team in six games. hurley was a system made player. yes he was talented but he wouldnt even have been a all american at any other school. jalen would have starred where ever he went. along with the like of jimmy king.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=175400426 Craig Lawson

    Bobby Hurley = Greg Paulus = John Scheyer = Chris Duhon < Jalen Rose

  • http://www.facebook.com/kevhurls Kevin Hurley

    Well said, Bobby-o. I’m a Hurley, too – from Masssachusetts, not NJ. And these UofM punks are just so easily dismissed, few have the time to do it. But you took the time – and you rightfully disqualified these 5-farces as immature, selfish pigs. As the saying goes, “ever see pigs fly?” I’ve never seen pigs play hoops, neither.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GFTIDHYCS6ADA4ROL34F2Q2RHM P-man

    So if Jalen is sooooo content with his great career, then why the whining and the racist remarks? Sounds like somebody is a little jealous.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1359171993 Craig Boyles

    Michigan won how many titles with the flap five?…oh, that’s right, NONE, yea, they were good….flap five meaning, flapping their gums!

  • Anonymous

    This is college basketball not NBA. The game is different. The Duke hate is because they are so good. By the way, there are more active players on NBA rosters than from any other school.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lrrmlr Leonard R Rhett

    The bottom line is this: Duke beat Michigan 3 times while Hurley was at Duke and Rose was at Michigan. Just because Rose was not recruited by Duke is a very unfair statement to make. Rose had a chance(along with the rest of the Fab Five)to beat the Blue Devils for the national title and came up 20 points short. I do believe that had it not been for the accident Hurley would have played 10-13 years in the NBA so comparing their NBA careers is crying sour grapes. As freshmen both lead their teams to the Final Four; as sophomores both lead their teams to the Final Four. Let’s just leave this battle where it started-in college.

  • Anonymous

    Gregory… pretty tough to play b-ball after a near fatal car accident… Let’s remember he was on life-support for a little while…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Fonda/100001653274511 John Fonda

    The person who determines who sat on the bench and who played at Duke was and is Coach K. Hard work, hustle, defense and team work seem to make all the difference in who Coach K plays. Hurley typified those virtues. I’ve a hard time seeing Coach K playing any body ahead of Hurley. This from a UNC grad.

  • Anonymous

    Rose is a raceist!!!!! So is CW. Neither of the two could have handled the classwork at Duke University. Not sure how they got their Uof Mich. degree.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brian-Clark/100001643939180 Brian Clark

    This is what Jordan said about Hurley before the accident ended his career:
    As Michael Jordan put it to Sports Illustrated in 1992, “He surprised me. I thought he’d be average, but his penetration is unbelievable.”

    A Carolina guy pumping up a Duke guy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brian-Clark/100001643939180 Brian Clark

    He was so overhyped that when he played against the Dream Team and Jordan, Jordan said this:
    The Dream Team became true believers from those scrimmages. As Michael Jordan put it to Sports Illustrated in 1992, “He surprised me. I thought he’d be average, but his penetration is unbelievable.”

    A Carolina guy pumping up a Duke guy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/vinagoodman1 Trevina Quiche’ Goodman

    The fab 5 was the best starting line up ever in college ball period, you asses. In addition, we gone to kick duke ass on sunday and upset everybody. GO BLUE………….

  • http://www.facebook.com/vinagoodman1 Trevina Quiche’ Goodman

    First of all, U of M is a better school than duke and your an idiot…..

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brandon-Howze/75301996 Brandon Howze

    Bobby Hurley did what in the NBA??????? Christian Laettner top 5 biggest bust in NBA history

  • Anonymous

    You mean, “you’re an idiot”, idiot?

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, best starting 5 but then got blown out when matched up with Duke in the ‘ship? You do realize that teams have gone undefeated, right? Best starting 5 and they didn’t win not ONE ‘ship? I guaranTEE you they aren’t in the top TEN of any respected publications best college basketball teams, either. Go ahead and google it and get back to me.

  • Anonymous

    Educate yourself, my dude.

    http://basketball.realgm.com/src_feature/158/20050609/the_biggest_busts_in_nba_draft_history/

    http://thehoopdoctors.com/online2/2009/07/top-10-biggest-nba-draft-busts/

    http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/galleries/nbas_biggest_draft_busts/nbas_biggest_draft_busts.html

    Laettner performed about how I expected him to. Everyone knew it was a farce to have him on the DT over Shaq. You might have seen how unathletic he was in college and assumed that would translate to superstardom in the NBA but I don’t think most did. A career average of 13 and 7 isn’t all that off from projections and, heck, he even made an all-star team.

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    Dayummm, that seatbelt like was COLD! Yeah, I think he might have had an extended career as a backup PG who could play spot minutes, but Rose was a major contributor on teams that went deep. Seems like it’s gotten to the point where Jalen is overrated as a college basketball player and underrated as an NBA player.

  • http://twitter.com/bctw bctw

    slight correction — Hurley is the NCAA’s all time leader in assists, not just the ACC.

  • http://twitter.com/bctw bctw

    Hurley was the starting PG for the Kings before his car accident.