Ep. 32: Jalen Rose

Jalen Rose played for the Pacers from 1996-2002.

Jalen Rose played for the Pacers from 1996-2002.

CHICAGO, Ill. — Jalen Rose and two dozen students from the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy were in Chicago late last week for an experience of a lifetime. Jeep took care of their travel and then got them hooked up with tickets for Team USA’s exhibition game against Venezuela.

Thursday afternoon, Rose was a man of the people — out at the Navy Pier for an event with Jeep. He later shot hoops while standing in the back of a Wrangler, competed against Pacers star and USA Basketball team member Paul George, and he certainly ensured that the kids and visitors had a good time.

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Prior to George arriving, I spent some time in Jalen’s green room where we talked about a number of subjects. Rose, who played five and a half seasons with the Pacers, is now a studio analyst for ESPN/ABC‘s coverage of the NBA. He also co-hosts a daily show on ESPN Radio.

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Topics Discussed:

  • The Jalen Rose Leadership Academy
  • Professional athletes using their platform to speak out
  • Larry Bird’s makeover of the Pacers
  • Writing a book
  • Paul George in the conversation for NBA MVP?

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