Jalen Rose was back home in Detroit for the 12th annual Jalen Rose Leadership Academy celebrity golf classic. He spoke with Jeanna Trotman at the pairings party about everything Detroit, from his academy to the Pistons and Belle Isle's Giant Slide.
Jalen Rose @JalenRose got emotional taking the podium in front of the crowd at the pairings party for his 12th annual @JRLADetroit celebrity golf classic.— Jeanna Trotman (@JeannaTrotmanTV) August 22, 2022
He mentioned his late mother and was encouraged by the crowd. Fab Five teammate Jimmy King came on stage to support him. pic.twitter.com/kDvZK9RYgu
While the golf outing continues to go strong, so does the school that it supports. The Jalen Rose Leadership Academy in Detroit is entering it's 12th school year and boasts ridiculous graduation and post-secondary and college acceptance rates. Rose said he had a vision when he wanted to do staggered enrollment with a 9-16 model, but it has worked. He said he's incredibly proud of "his labor of love" has turned into.
Detroit's @JalenRose calls @JRLADetroit a labor of love. It's an unconventional 9-16 model that works. JRLA is entering it's 12th school year.— Jeanna Trotman (@JeannaTrotmanTV) August 22, 2022
"When we have our graduation, it's not throw your hats in the air & see you in 10 years. It's see you later. The job isn't done." pic.twitter.com/IBhvwwsKqY
Rose also raved about the Pistons and their draft, saying that Jaden Ivey and Jalen Duren will be incredible pieces to add to Cade Cunningham and company. In covering so many different NBA teams, Rose said he always checks to see if a team is truly building something and he said what Troy Weaver and Dwane Casey has done is undeniable and the progress is palpable. Rose said he is encouraged with what he has seen from guys like Cunningham, Saddiq Bey, Isaiah Stewart, and Killian Hayes.
Some really good stuff from @JalenRose on the #Pistons:— Jeanna Trotman (@JeannaTrotmanTV) August 22, 2022
It was declared that the #Pistons won the draft on @JalenandJacoby getting Ivey & Duren to add to Cade & Co.
Rose says the Pistons are building something special: "I think the sky is the limit for our young talent." pic.twitter.com/24fppWVU3P
As anyone else from Detroit, Jalen Rose couldn't help but talk about the Giant Slide on Belle Isle. While controversy has surrounded the "dangerous" slide recently, Rose wanted everyone to know that the slide has always been that wild. He joked with Jeanna Trotman that the slide made him who he is today.
Jalen Rose @JalenRose wants you all to know the Giant Slide was always dangerous🤣🤣— Jeanna Trotman (@JeannaTrotmanTV) August 22, 2022
He said Belle Isle's savage Giant Slide made him who he is today.
"We thought that was normal. So, I'm glad now that it's gone viral & people see this." 😂 pic.twitter.com/YukZ9DSJ5q