Friday, February 01, 2008

Sports Einstein of the week: Jalen Rose.

Jalen Rose was part of the most heralded recruiting classes in NCAA basketball history. In their first two seasons as college players the “Fab Five” (featuring Rose, Chris Webber, Juwan Howard, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson) led the University of Michigan to the championship game. Rose also played 13 seasons in the NBA, averaging a little more than 14 points per game. And he also comes from pretty good stock as his father, Jimmy Walker, was an All-American basketball player at Providence College as well as a nine-year veteran of pro basketball.

Based on all that, you would think Rose would have not only intimate knowledge for the history of the game but also for the present-day NBA.

Not so much.

I had to chuckle when I heard his analysis about the Cavaliers-Lakers matchup last Sunday. Rose seemed befuddled that the Lakers couldn’t get off a shot as time expired in their 98-95 loss to Cleveland. However, he was reluctant to question the play call of a Hall of Fame coach “like Pat Riley.”

Ah, maybe you didn’t hear, Jalen. But Riley hasn’t been on the Lakers bench since 1990. No, that other Hall of Fame coach, Phil Jackson, is now at the helm.

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