Jalen Rose: “I was in the line behind Isiah and Laimbeer when we walked off the floor and didn’t shake the Bulls’ hands”
Jalen Rose, promoting his Fab Five documentary that’s part of ESPN’s 30 for 30 series, was on Bill Simmons’ podcast this week talking about the film, and he mentioned something I wasn’t aware of: the Bad Boys era Pistons had major influence on the Fab Five.
“No doubt about it (the Bad Boys influenced us). In high school, I was able to attend Isiah Thomas’ camp and then play with the team after the camp was ended during the day. The Bad Boy Pistons came to Ann Arbor and practiced with and against our team when we were in college. They were mentors, they were idols to us. I remember rockin’ my ‘U Can’t Touch This’ M.C. Hammer t-shirt representin’ my Bad Boys Pistons, good, bad or indifferent. On the good when we won back-to-back championships, I remember crying hearing Johnny Most say, ‘And Bird steals the ball and passes to D.J.,’ that was part of my life. You probably didn’t see me, but I was in the line behind Isiah and Laimbeer when we walked off the floor and didn’t shake the Bulls’ hands because I was that. That’s who we represented. The Pistons had a major influence on how we played and how we approached basketball.”
Rose’s discussion of the Pistons starts at about the 27 minute mark and the Fab Five film premieres at 9 p.m. Sunday on ESPN. The entire podcast is interesting (if you find the Fab Five interesting, that is, and really, how couldn’t you?), particularly when Rose gives a less than glowing review of Mitch Albom’s Fab Five book.
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