Rose will now be the face of the NBA Retired Players Association with the goal spanning the gap between the players of today and yesterday.
“It’s a family,” Rose told NBA.com last week in a phone interview. “I really don’t see a disconnect between the two. Now there’s always going to be the mentality that, the older you get, the longer the walk looks.
“But for the most part, I think there’s a healthy respect in the current players for the retired players and what they’ve done. Hopefully we can create some awareness, some planning, a decision-making mechanism from top to bottom – whether it’s social, emotional or financial – so you’re prepared for that next step.”
Rose makes plenty of sense considering he’s doing just fine in his post playing career in business, media, and his other endevors and has always had a healthy respect for the players who came before him. Also at age 41, he isn’t as old as old as I thought he might have been and can still get the ear of current players. Perhaps Rose’s first goal can be to bridge the cap between him and Reggie Miller.
As Steve Aschburner of NBA.com points out, there is an interesting paradox of Rose being an ambassador.
There’s some irony in Jalen Rose being chosen by the National Basketball Retired Players Association to be its guy in bridging a gap between current NBA players and the league’s older alumni who have shown the most interest in that group.
Rose, after all, is the son of the late Jimmy Walker, the No. 1 draft pick out of Providence in 1967. Yet the two never met.
As heartrending as that (lack of) relationship must have been, Rose always knew who his father was. He studied Walker’s professional history – two All-Star appearances and 16.7 ppg in nine seasons – off the backs of bubble-gum cards. Well into his own 13-year NBA career, Rose spoke and corresponded with the man. But they drifted apart again without a face-to-face and Walker died in July 2007, 10 weeks after Rose played his final NBA game.
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