Top 100 Jalen Rose Quotes of 2020

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“A lot of times, when you see someone do something, whether it’s sports or multimedia or whatever their profession is, you think it just starts when you see them; you don’t realize all of the sweat equity that goes into it.”

― Jalen Rose

“One hero in my life that I’ve had from college on to now was Muhammad Ali. I studied his quotes, his style, and his strength. He was a revolutionary in every sense of the word.”

― Jalen Rose

“I do support college athletes and the opportunity for them to be paid a stipend.”

― Jalen Rose

“When you’re educated, it allows you to be more worldly. It’s more than just what happens in a classroom.”

― Jalen Rose

“I wanted to be trustworthy to the audience.”

― Jalen Rose

“There are times families don’t see eye to eye.”

― Jalen Rose

“As you get older, sometimes you lose touch with people you were friends with in high school and college. But when you’ve been part of a legacy together, you should still find a way to see eye to eye.”

― Jalen Rose

“I can’t wait to play in front of the many Knicks fans, friends, and family in the NYC area and very much look forward to being a part of the Knicks organization.”

― Jalen Rose

“When the things in front of you in life reveal how messed up the system is, you lose faith in the system pretty quickly. You develop a contrarian attitude. Your instinct is to disagree with the status quo and then, if you can, to try and shake it up.”

― Jalen Rose

“No electricity, no hot water, no heat – at times, we struggled. We’d wake up in the morning and wash with water we heated on a hot plate. And we’d go to bed at night wearing skull caps, sweat shirts, and gloves.”

― Jalen Rose

“The quality of your public education shouldn’t be defined by your zip code.”

― Jalen Rose

“We live in a country that has profited for hundreds of years off the labor of individuals without having to pay for it.”

― Jalen Rose

“Jalen is a universal name, and girls also are named Jalen.”

― Jalen Rose

“Pay attention to not only what you’re saying or doing but who you’re saying and doing it with.”

― Jalen Rose

“I’ll tell you what: the most hostile and angry trash talker ever is Gary Payton.”

― Jalen Rose

“The greatest set shooter ever? Larry Joe Bird. Period. The best coming off screen? Reginald Miller. And the best off the dribble? Steph Curry.”

― Jalen Rose

“I’m all for players extending their careers, and I’m all for trying to be as healthy as possible for the playoff run.”

― Jalen Rose

“I was a member of the Fab Five at the University of Michigan, but I was also on the Dean’s List there. I took pride in my education.”

― Jalen Rose

“Basketball is not like football: It’s not a car accident happening every play. Over the nine months, you can rest in practice and take off some minutes in games.”

― Jalen Rose

“I always prided myself on trying to break the stigma of the ‘dumb jock.’”

― Jalen Rose

“Nothing substitutes for a great education.”

― Jalen Rose

“Coach Fisher, I know what he’s accomplished and who he is. He’s a great man with a great family, and the Hall of Fame is something he’s earned. It’s something he deserves.”

― Jalen Rose

“I hate tenure. Tenure allows teachers to put their feet up on the desk and possibly have a job forever. That’s why I got turned on to charter schools. It’s a business model. Every employee and every teacher will be monitored by performance.”

― Jalen Rose

“I feel like the eight most at-risk years for young men or young women are the four they’re in high school and the four they should be in college.”

― Jalen Rose

“Schools should be open. If it’s a public education, and the school in your district is poor-performing, you should be able to put your student or kid wherever you want.”

― Jalen Rose

“I just really felt I had to help the community I came from. I know how hard it is to make it out of here.”

― Jalen Rose

“As a kid from Detroit, I played whatever sport was in season: football, basketball, wrestling, whatever it was. I was an active kid.”

― Jalen Rose

“I knew becoming an analyst would allow me to see the game from a new perspective.”

― Jalen Rose

“It’s important for African-Americans to express themselves, period. We’re 400 years behind. We should be able to shine whenever and however we feel.”

― Jalen Rose

“Kobe was obsessed with the game of basketball.”

― Jalen Rose

“Here’s the thing: My hobby is to DJ. I just love music, so I can hear the beginning of a beat, the beginning of a melody, and think of the words, think of the name of the song, think of the hook, and just go there.”

― Jalen Rose

“You just got to be yourself. That’s what people respect more than anything.”

― Jalen Rose

“The only thing that makes me feel old is when I can see your ankles and you have on pants.”

― Jalen Rose

“Doug Collins – people just underestimate him.”

― Jalen Rose

“Stan Van Gundy is a top-five coach.”

― Jalen Rose

“I know Andre Drummond has potential.”

― Jalen Rose

“Sports happen in dog years.”

― Jalen Rose

“I know Reggie Jackson is a good player.”

― Jalen Rose

“Players talk about wanting to win and wanting to be a champion, but ultimately, they want to do it on their own terms.”

― Jalen Rose

“What I really like is that Chicago is a big city: it has a large market, and you are exposed to everything, like shows and plays.”

― Jalen Rose

“With my tattoos, I’ve got my war side on my left side, being left handed, and a faith side on my right side, right with God.”

― Jalen Rose

“Every time you leave your house, you’ve got to be prepared for what might happen.”

― Jalen Rose

“I play for a living, but I also love to play. That’s a healthy balance of emotion that, as a player, you have to keep balanced.”

― Jalen Rose

“Derrick Rose – he’s had his opportunity. He’s been an MVP in the league. His efficiency isn’t what it used to be.”

― Jalen Rose

“The star power is who is playing at an All-Star level, a top 12 level, and that’s Jimmy Butler. He’s become one of the best players in the league, a terrific two-way player.”

― Jalen Rose

“It’s my job, it’s my role, it’s my mission, it’s my dream to have everyone who has Michigan ties – whether you went to college in Michigan, whether you grew up in Michigan, if you’ve ever heard of the state of Michigan – to do what you can to influence the students of the Detroit metropolitan area.”

― Jalen Rose

“Russell Westbrook, giving $1 million to UCLA, it’s noble. It’s recognizable. It’s something that’s going to create a legacy for his name for years to come. It’s philanthropic work.”

― Jalen Rose

“If I’m the Cavs, I seriously do this: I do a wink-wink deal with LeBron James, give him part ownership of the team. I put a statue in front of the building, and I retire his number. I do all of that.”

― Jalen Rose

“One of my favorite Finals was actually Detroit vs. Los Angeles, because it was home and home for me, personally. It was like my childhood home and my second home.”

― Jalen Rose

“Pretty sure I always say things that upset people, get under people’s skin.”

― Jalen Rose

“’Countdown’ is family television.”

― Jalen Rose

“I grew up in one of those households where, growing up in Detroit, you gravitate towards music and cars because we were the capital for a long time. Especially during my childhood. We were the Motown sound. We were the Motor City.”

― Jalen Rose

“Being a child of the 1970s, I remember cleaning up on the weekends. we would listen to everything from Marvin Gaye to Frankie Beverly and Maze.”

― Jalen Rose

“Dr. Dre is the most influential artist and producer in hip-hop history.”

― Jalen Rose

“Eminem is one of the greatest rappers of all time.”

― Jalen Rose

“All my friends and family have seen Patrick Ewing’s TV at my house.”

― Jalen Rose

“Did I have a signature shoe? Have you ever heard of huaraches?”

― Jalen Rose

“My biggest concern for the Lakers – and they’re going have to figure out a way to rectify this – is Lonzo Ball.”

― Jalen Rose

“I hated Duke, and I hated everything Duke stood for. Schools like Duke didn’t recruit players like me.”

― Jalen Rose

“I don’t want people to feel like I’m upset or bitter with C-Webb or the University of Michigan. I love them both.”

― Jalen Rose

“I left my mark in the college game, and I’m definitely happy about that.”

― Jalen Rose

“For Donald Trump, during his candidacy, he became a polarizing candidate, which included, along the way, insulting a lot of people.”

― Jalen Rose

“What you see at a bachelor or bachelorette party is what happens on a recruiting visit.”

― Jalen Rose

“All the people who can’t get into Michigan go to Michigan State.”

― Jalen Rose

“I’ve been really vocal about my disappointment about how the WNBA athletes get treated like second-class citizens in relations to the NBA when they’re a subsidiary.”

― Jalen Rose

“Maya Moore is one of the greatest champions in basketball, male or female.”

― Jalen Rose

“There are a lot of great players that never got a chance to play for a national championship. And I got a chance to play for two.”

― Jalen Rose

“When you’re paying millions of dollars for somebody to coach your team, you can find somebody good.”

― Jalen Rose

“Blake Griffin has shown he can be an All-NBA performer.”

― Jalen Rose

“If somebody says Kyrie Irving wants the Boston Celtics to win the championship without him, they’re flat-out lying to you.”

― Jalen Rose

“There’s a lot of players that go to a city, pick up a check, go to practice, and just worry about what’s happening in their households, and you can’t blame them.”

― Jalen Rose

“For those that reach out to try to help others, the less fortunate, those that are impoverished, those that feel like they need a pick-me-up, for somebody to have that extra energy to do that, I really have admiration for him.”

― Jalen Rose

“I consider Tom Gores a friend.”

― Jalen Rose

“I just appreciate the support that I’ve gotten, and do what I can to garner support, is kind of my attitude.”

― Jalen Rose

“People are quick to pigeonhole you.”

― Jalen Rose

“If you are knowledgeable about something and are able to talk about it, you should be able to express yourself.”

― Jalen Rose

“I get to talk about sports on television for a living.”

― Jalen Rose

“Everyone wants to be successful. What I’ve learned is how do you determine what that is?”

― Jalen Rose

“Ask any athlete. One of his dreams is to play in New York wearing a Knicks uniform. It’s also always been a dream of mine.”

― Jalen Rose

“We never give Al Horford the credit he deserves as a modern big.”

― Jalen Rose

“You know how certain adults feel, the older they get, the longer the walk was to school? Well, I don’t feel like that.”

― Jalen Rose

“Let’s face it: if you’re an elite basketball player and you choose to be socially and politically active, it could harm your brand.”

― Jalen Rose

“I don’t hang with people I don’t know. Outsiders can mess up your flow.”

― Jalen Rose

“But the best revenge for naysayers is living well. And living well is doing your job and taking care of your family.”

― Jalen Rose

“I want my media to be raw and uncut, and I want to articulate it in a spectacular, vernacular Detroit style.”

― Jalen Rose

“I love hearing the gym shoes squeak.”

― Jalen Rose

“My father, Jimmy Walker, was the first pick in the 1967 draft, but I never met him. He passed in 2007. I found out about him in middle school. I was old enough to understand who he was, where he went to college, and what his game was about. Older players like Bill Russell and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar have come up to me to talk about him.”

― Jalen Rose

“Most of the time, before you get traded, there are rumblings. I wasn’t totally surprised that I was going to get traded – I anticipated it happening. And I wasn’t surprised that I got traded to the Knicks, either.”

― Jalen Rose

“The idea of playing the point and leading a team to the NBA championship is what drove me to get up every day and work on my game as a kid.”

― Jalen Rose

“I felt I could have been the kind of player Denver needed, but there were too many things going on with the team.”

― Jalen Rose

“Nobody talks about it. But everyone knows that if you signed at Michigan or UNLV, you were viewed one way. If you signed at Duke or Indiana, you were viewed another way.”

― Jalen Rose

“I realize everything’s on me as far as what kind of player, person, and student I’m going to be.”

― Jalen Rose

“Michigan is a proud university.”

― Jalen Rose

“I’d just shoot until I got tired. I wanted to improve my outside shooting and my ball handling. I wanted to improve everything.”

― Jalen Rose

“I want to be a guy who helps the team a lot of different ways.”

― Jalen Rose

“I’ve always been a big-time Scottie Pippen fan. That was my guy growing up!”

― Jalen Rose

“People don’t realize this, but throughout my career, I grew up patterning my game after Scottie Pippen’s. I admire him for his versatility.”

― Jalen Rose

“I’ve always worked hard at being a well-rounded player.”

― Jalen Rose

“I’ve always gotten a kick out of leading my team in assists.”

― Jalen Rose

“If I’m playing for North Carolina, and Eric Montross goes up and dunks one, I might jump up and hug him like I was his girlfriend. It’s supposed to be that way, in my opinion. Players should be able to express themselves and grow.”

― Jalen Rose
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