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2006: NY POST – 5 Questions for Jalen Rose

June 23, 2008

April 21, 2006 — This week, NYP TV Sports’ Andrew Marchand spoke with
the Knicks’ Jalen Rose. Rose, 33, will be a sideline reporter for TNT’s
NBA coverage.

Q: When you look at the Knicks, what do you think is going to happen with Larry Brown and Stephon Marbury?

A: It is hard to determine. Obviously, we have found a way to make the
front page for a lot of other things besides winning ballgames. Other
teams that are in the lottery have found a way to go quiet.

Being in New York, they analyze everything from how you tie up your
shoes to what your pregame meal is, so anything you say beyond that
obviously is going to make headlines. So it is really hard to determine
who is going to be back and in what capacity.

Q: When you look at Michigan’s "Fab Five," of which you were a part in
the 1990s, what was the one thing you think has been under-publicized?

A: Nowadays, it is about going to a school for one or two years and
seeing if you can get your average up so you can come out early. We
were about camaraderie. We were McDonald’s All-Americans who all
swallowed our egos to sign with one university to try and go win the
national championship and make history. We did make history. Obviously,
we didn’t win the national championship, but to play for it two times
in a row, we had an impact on basketball.

Q: Are you satisfied so far with your career -which has been a good
career – or do you feel, "I could have done a little more in the right
circumstances?”

A: As a competitor, you always think about what could have been.
Obviously, I would have loved to have had an NBA ring for the 2000
Finals. I would love to have had two college championship rings. At the
end of the day, I have no regrets on how my career has gone. Hopefully,
I can become a champion one day.

Q: Back to the broadcasting, would you want to do things outside of basketball?

A: Definitely, I pride myself on being well-versed. I’ve had the
opportunity to be on the Neil Cavuto show before. Whether it is radio,
whether it is TV, whether you talk basketball, whether it is lifestyle,
whether it is Bill Maher, anything.

Q: Are you going to be able to criticize players?

A: Of course. That is what analysts do best, they criticize guys, especially for things they can’t do themselves.