Former NBA guard Jalen Rose has gone on to become quite the rising star at ESPN as an analyst and network personality. Part of what makes him stand out from the rest of the retired jocks is his honesty, a trait he displayed on his Monday podcast.
When discussing the 2000 NBA Finals, Rose confessed that he tried to injure Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant.
“I think I did it on purpose,” Rose told Grantland.com. “I can’t say that it was an accident. Kobe Bean Bryant goes up for a jump shot out on the right wing. I contest the jump shot. Kobe lands on my foot. He hobbles off and actually misses the next game. If it was up to me, he should’ve just missed the whole series. I would’ve had a championship ring and it would’ve been no harm, no foul.”
As Rose jokes, not only did he not get a championship ring, he was a member of the Toronto Raptors when Bryant scored a career-high 81 points in 2006.
However, ESPN couldn’t confirm the report when contacted on Tuesday by FishbowlLA.
“We are in the process of considering all assignments for both returning and potential new commentator roles. As we’ve said before, Stan is someone we’d be interested in exploring,” said ESPN spokesman Ben Cafardo. “For Bill, same applies, we’re exploring the best ways to utilize all of our talent, including Bill, this NBA season.”
Get ready for nine months of non-stop Los Angeles Lakers talk now that former Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard is headed to town.
Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times has already declared the Lakers the 2013 NBA champions:
Go ahead and mark it down, with a Sharpie: The Lakers will make it back to the Finals in 2013. And they will win it.
Listen, I get why folks are excited. But we’re talking about the 2013 NBA Finals in August when we don’t know the health status of Howard and how he will fit in with Kobe Bryant, who isn’t exactly the ideal teammate.
But I guess this is what happens when we don’t have a football team to focus on in the fall.
Welcome to Los Angeles, Dwight. And no pressure next season or anything like that to win.
The Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers walked away from the inaugural NBA Social Media Awards Wednesday night with some hardware.
The Lakers received the Social MVT (Most Valuable Team) award for having the largest social media footprint (Twitter and Facebook) during the NBA season.
The Clippers received the Fan Nation Award for the highest percentage of increased exposure across all social media platforms.
(Funny how you become more popular when you have a winning product on the floor.)
Individually, Kobe Bryant won a pair of awards (#TrendSetter Award and Thumbs-Up Award) for the most mentions on Twitter and likes on Facebook. Clippers star Blake Griffin won the Got Game Award for the fan-favorite team/play during the regular season.
Darrell Bailey is back as “Clipper Darrell.” The Los Angeles Clippers super fan posted the following update Monday night:
It is with great enthusiasm and humility that I can officially report my return as “Clipper Darrell.” As a fan I am truly sorry and apologize for any inconvenience this incident may have caused. It was never my intention to create a distraction fueling a media uproar. However, I am overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support I received, over the past week, when my status with the Clipper’s was in question. I had a cordial and productive meeting with Clipper management and we have a clear and precise understanding of my role. We will now work together to support OUR TEAM and continue the effort in bringing a WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP to CLIPPER NATION!