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Jalen Rose wants Chris Webber to finally apologize for Michigan problems

Jalen-Rose-Chris-Webber-MichiganChris Webber’s order to disassociate himself with Michigan ended last year, and the former Wolverines star forward took the big step of attending the school’s championship game against Louisville.

Despite Webber’s efforts, former Fab Five teammate Jalen Rose still feels like Webber needs to apologize to the school.

The Fab Five reached the NCAA championship game in each of their first two seasons (1992 and 1993). They were forced to vacate their Final Four appearances and wins after it was discovered that some of their players accepted money from booster Ed Martin, who died in 2003. Webber took over $200,000 from Martin and was the highest-profile player called to testify before a grand jury. Webber initially lied to the grand jury and was later convicted of perjury.

In an interview published by HoopsHype on Monday, Rose reiterated his belief that it’s time for Webber to apologize to the school.

Q: When was the last time you spoke with Chris Webber?

JR: I heard through mutual friends that he’s upset that I said that I feel like he should have come out and apologize for some transgressions that happened at the University of Michigan. But I still stand behind that. Also I’m disappointed how the relationship with [Michigan booster] Ed Martin ended. Ed, unfortunately, in my opinion basically died of a broken heart. So while we’re still brothers and I hope that we’re going to make amends… One of the great things of being teammates and friends is we should be able to speak openly and honestly. And hopefully he finds a way to realize and apologize about what happened in Michigan. It ain’t just about you. It’s about the players, it’s about the coach. Steve Fisher coached in three finals and won a championship in Michigan. You go in that campus, his name is nowhere. So it’s bigger than just him. And the fans deserve it, the history of the University of Michigan deserves it. And all he had to do is say two words. It’s not brain surgery. They are ‘I’m sorry.”

The interview is a good one and features Rose’s thoughts on the Cavs, LeBron and Kevin Love, and much more, so we suggest you read it.

Webber wiped out a lot of bad blood with Michigan by attending the championship game, but an apology would go a long way towards restoring his and the Fab Five’s name with the school, just like Rose says.

Rose said earlier this year that Webber disassociates himself with the Fab Five. Last year, Rose talked on Grantland about how Webber ignored him at the 2013 NBA Finals:

Rose has expressed many strong opinions on this subject. He was responsible for the utterly awesome “The Fab Five” documentary produced by ’30 for 30′ and says Webber, despite initially agreeing to participate, backed out out of the film. Last April, he implored Webber to come to the national championship game (and says Webber did not like the public request). Rose also expressed anger in 2012 over the Fab Five’s banners being pulled down by the school.

The Fab Five may be associated with the scandal that rocked the basketball program, but they also brought remarkable success, identity and accolades to the school. All of the positive deserves equal recognition as the negative.

H/T Eye on Basketball

Jalen Rose made Gregg Popovich laugh (Video)

Jalen-Rose-Gregg-PopovichESPN analyst Jalen Rose conducted his first ever sideline interview with San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich on Wednesday night. Most of you already understand how difficult of a task that is. And Jalen actually pulled it off.

Believe it or not, Rose even made Popovich laugh. Granted, the Spurs were leading 35-29 after the first quarter at the time of the interview. They had also won 10 games in a row at the time (11 now including last night’s win), so Rose kind of had it easy. Still, Pop liked his joke about Avery Johnson.

“I look at (Johnson’s) numbers and Doris Burke wanted me to ask you,” Rose said. “How did he get his number retired — or how much did he pay you — only averaging 10 points?”

“And he can only go left,” Pop shot back.

Johnson played several seasons under Popovich in the 1990s. Pop walked away chuckling, which is incredibly rare for an in-game interview. There’s a reason reporters do stuff like this to determine who gets to interview Pop. Rose caught him on a great night.

Jalen Rose dishes on how NBA players handle having wives and girlfriends at same game (Video)

Jalen-RoseProfessional athletes have a lot to think about when it comes to traveling around the country for games, and even playing them in their own stadiums and arenas. During a recent B.S. Report podcast with Grantland’s Bill Simmons, Jalen Rose talked about some of the distractions that go along with playing on the road and at home.

While Rose did stress that the comfort level is much higher for a player at home, he said there are “miscellaneous” things NBA players have to deal with. One of them is making sure your wife and girlfriend are not introduced to one another.

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Jalen Rose: It would be a ‘flagrant omission’ if Chris Webber doesn’t attend Michigan’s national championship game

Jalen-Rose-Chris-Webber-MichiganThere is a slight chance that all of the members of Michigan’s notorious “Fab Five” team will be in attendance to watch the Wolverines take on Louisville for a national championship on Monday night, but chances are Chris Webber will be absent. Jalen Rose is trying to change that.

During an interview with Bill Simmons for the “B.S. Report” on Sunday, Rose talked about the strained relationship between Webber and Michigan. He believes there are two things that have caused Webber to abandon his former team — the infamous timeout Webber called when the Wolverines were trailing by two in the 1993 national championship and didn’t have any, and the booster scandal that resulted in Michigan’s banners being taken down and wins being vacated.

“The elephant in the room has been Chris Webber,” Rose explained. “While he loves us like brothers, and vice versa, there has been a communication separation that has basically taken place since we all were teammates. I think the timeout had a lot to do with it.”

“I think he wants to disassociate himself with that moment and with that school — in theory — with us, to kind of rebuild his life mentally to say, ‘My career really started my rookie year in the NBA.’ But that’s not really how it works. It’s sad. It’s unfortunate.”

Webber is banned from making contact with the program until later this year. In 2002, he was charged with lying to a grand jury about his involvement with a gambling scandal that centered around Michigan booster Ed Martin. Rose mentioned how he believes that incident has soured Webber’s relationship with the school, but he also said he is hoping Webber will swallow his pride and join his former teammates at the game.

“It would mean so much to the university, so much to the current players — especially since he lives in Atlanta and the network that he actually works for (in Atlanta) has a show Tuesday night,” Rose said. “So therefore Monday night, the world knows he’s going to be in Atlanta. So it’s almost like a flagrant omission if he decides not to come.”

It would make for a great storyline if Webber was in attendance along with Rose, Juwan Howard, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson. But it would be a surprise. Webber has alienated the program for years and chose not to participate in the filming of the “Fab Five” documentary. Monday would be a great time to begin reconciling — especially if the Wolverines end up cutting down the nets.

Kobe Bryant thinks Dahntay Jones injured him intentionally like Jalen Rose

Kobe Bryant Dahntay JonesKobe Bryant suffered a sprained ankle at the end of the Los Angeles Lakers’ 96-92 loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday, and the Lakers star thinks he was injured intentionally.

Bryant was hurt attempting a game-tying jumper on the baseline. He was fading away from the basket as he shot the ball, and he landed on the leg of Hawks guard Dahntay Jones.

Bryant went down immediately and was in pain. He left the game and had X-rays which were negative. The Lakers said after the game that Bryant was out indefinitely with a “severe” ankle sprain.

The story gets much more interesting from there. Bryant said after the game that he thought Jones hurt him intentionally like Jalen Rose did in the 2000 NBA Finals. Rose, then with the Indiana Pacers, stuck his foot out to intentionally hurt Bryant during Game 2 of the Finals, causing Bryant to miss the next game with a sprained ankle.

Below is video of Bryant calling Jones’ injury intentional, and Rose, currently an NBA analyst for ESPN, admitting that he intentionally injured Bryant:

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Jalen Rose to shave head, goatee, eyebrows after Lions loss

Jalen Rose was so upset with the lack of support for his Detroit Lions prior to “Monday Night Football,” he made an outrageous wager. The ESPN NBA analyst said he’d shave his head, goatee, and eyebrows if the Lions lost to the Bears.

What bugged Rose was seeing ESPN’s entire “Monday Night Countdown” staff pick the Bears to win the game.

His response?

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Gymnastics team settles on ‘Fierce Five’ nickname after Jalen Rose complains

The US women’s gymnastics team that won gold in the team competition at the London Olympics has changed nicknames after hearing complaints that the “Fab Five” moniker was already taken.

Jalen Rose was a prominent member of the University of Michigan’s 1991 basketball team whose five incoming freshmen — Chris Webber, Juwan Howard, Jimmy King, Ray Jackson, and Rose — were dubbed the “Fab Five.” The Fab Five comprised what is considered to be one of the greatest recruiting classes ever, and they even had a documentary made about them.

Rose expressed disappointment that the media didn’t display more creativity when nicknaming the women’s group, which until recently went by the same nickname.

“To use the nickname just points and screams of lazy journalism by the national media, that’s really what it is,” Rose told Jamie Samuelsen of 97.1 FM in Detroit. “It’s no fault at all of the young gymnasts. But I really wish they would have come up with an even more creative tag for them and their gold medal pursuit.”

Not only is Rose trying to protect the reputation of his legendary Michigan crew, but also his financial interest; he reportedly was granted a trademark to the “Fab Five” phrase last year.

The women’s gymnastics team responded accordingly and decided to change nicknames to the “Fierce Five.” The name was apparently selected by gymnastics team members Jordyn Wieber and McKayla Maroney.

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