Jalen Anthony Rose is a former professional Basketball Player. He was also the ambassador and representative for National Basketball Retired Players Association. Rose was born on January 30, 1973, in Detroit, Michigan. His mother coined his name from his father’s name, James, and his uncle’s name, Leonard. His biological father is a former NBA player, James “Jimmy” Walker.
Walker did not take any part in Rose’s upbringing and the two never met in between. However, they spoke several times over the phone. Walker died in 2007 of lung cancer.
Rose attended Southwestern High School in Michigan and later went to the University of Michigan. Rose played as a point guard for the Michigan Wolverines during his school days. He was also one of the members of the “Fab Five.” The “Fab Five” is the name given to the 1993 recruiting class of the University of Michigan Wolverines. They are considered to be “the greatest class ever recruited.” Other members of the “Fab Five” include Chris Webber, Juwan Howard, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson.
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Rose did not graduate from the University of Michigan, instead chosen to start playing basketball as a professional player. He was the 13th pick in the 1994 NBA draft. He had a year contract with the Phoenix Suns. He had played in the NBA for six different teams, namely the Denver Nuggets, the Indiana Pacers, the Chicago Bulls, the Toronto Raptors, the New York Knicks, and the Phoenix Suns. According to the stats mentioned in Wikipedia, Rose has played a total of 923 games during the regular season and 59 games during the playoffs.
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Rose retired from professional basketball in 2007. After his retirement, he started working at ESPN. He has worked as an analyst on Sports Center and NBA Countdown. Also, he worked on grantland.com as a sport and pop-culture blog owned by ESPN. After that, he co-hosts a podcast titled “Jalen and Jacoby” with David Jacoby. The podcast is posted both on grantland.com and on YouTube.
Rose has predicted various moves in the NBA. Recently, he has also stated that Kevin Love and Rajon Rondo would be leaving their respective teams to join the LA Lakers. Even, he prophesied that Wesley Matthews would sign with the Chicago Bulls. Conversely, Matthews currently played as the shooting guard for the Portland Trail Blazers. Overall, Jalen’s estimated net worth results to $60 million.
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Rose has a daughter, Mariah with whom he regularly interacts in Twitter. He is active in social media as well as there is one Instagram account under his name, but it is not verified. There have been rumors of him having two daughters and a stepson. Though there is no record of Rose having a wife; rumors have suggested that he is married to a woman named Alexandra besides having an affair with Krissy Terry.
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In 2005, Rose graduated from the University Of Maryland, with a degree in Management Studies. He supports various charities and has donated more than $1.3 million that supports underprivileged youth.