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2008, March 10: AOL Switched.com – NBA Vet Jalen Rose Is Wired, In a Wireless Kind of Way

June 24, 2008

March 10, 2008 — Jalen Rose, current ESPN/ABC analyst and
distinguished former NBA veteran, is famous for many things. Rose first
gained nationwide exposure with his hardwood exploits at the University
of Michigan in the early ’90s. Starting at point guard for the
Wolverines, Rose was the outspoken leader of the "Fab 5. He went on to
play 13 seasons in the NBA, helping lead the Indiana Pacers to the NBA
Finals.

Rose has given more than $1,000,000, to various charities through the
Jalen Rose Foundation. He is also the CEO and Founder of Three Tier
Entertainment, an L.A. based production company which is bringing the
romantic comedy ‘Mary & Joseph- The Greatest Love Story Ever’ 16
City stage play to various theaters across the country.

The play is a hypothetical account of what happened after Mary informed
those close to her of her Immaculate Conception. Joseph takes it hard.
Mary’s mother Anne takes it harder. ‘Mary & Joseph’ is directed and
co-written by Ed Weinberger, creator of ‘Taxi’ and ‘The Cosby Show,’
and is a
faith-based, comedic retelling of the biblical characters involved with the situations surrounding Immaculate Conception.

Since Mr. Rose is obviously constantly traveling and inevitably busy,
we took a moment to ask him how he keeps connected during those long
days and nights on the road. Turns out he’s incredibly wired, in a
wireless kind of way. Read on to find out more.

What gadgets do you always bring with you to the set?
BlackbBerry 8800, iPhone, HP Laptop with Verizon high-speed wireless card

What cell phone do you have right now and what do you love/hate about it?
I have the Blackberry 8800, I love the fact that it allows me to do
business on the go, I hate the fact that it’s battery life isn’t longer.

Who’s the last person you sent a text message to and what was it about?
Sent a text message to my mother to tell her I love her.

Where do you go pretty much every time you get online?
I check out a few sites all the time. jalenrose.com, jalenTV.com,
tglset.com, allhiphop.com, sohh.com, cnn.com, digg.com,espn.com just to
name a few. These give me a pretty good all around view of my favorites

What annoys you most about your iPod, cell phone, or laptop (or any other gadget)?
Signals are always the worst. If it isn’t finding a good area for cell
phone reception. It’s finding a good area for wireless reception.

Name one thing you wish your iPod/cellphone/laptop could do that it doesn’t do now?
I wish my BlackBerry allowed me to watch youtube!

What upcoming gadget can you not wait to get your hands on?
I’m looking forward to the BlackBerry 9000, apparently it’s going to be
a touch screen/keypad hybrid, with 3G, video camera, and browsing
capabilities.

You’re stranded on a desert island: What gadget do you bring? (Give reason why.)
My laptop. I can watch TV using my slingbox, surf the web, and even call friends!

What’s the most-played song or artist on your iPod?
Jay-Z, ‘American Gangster,’ Track 9

BlackBerry, Sidekick, or Treo?
Blackberry. It has pretty much left sidekick and treo in the dust.

Are you getting an iPhone-if so, why?
I own an iPhone, It’s a great leisure tool, but it will never replace the BlackBerry.

What’s the longest time you’ve ever spent playing a video game in one sitting and what game was it?
Probably spent an entire day playing ‘Madden’ on the PS2.

Mac or PC?
I love the look of the Mac, but I only own PCs. I’m tempted to get that new Macbook Air though.

by Peter Mychalcewycz