Click here to Skip to main content
LATEST HEADLINES - NBA NEWS

Rose says Hill to help support new charter school


Posted May 14 2011 6:52PM

DETROIT (AP) -- Former Michigan basketball star Jalen Rose says Grant Hill has agreed to help support the new charter school in Detroit bearing Rose's name.

The Jalen Rose Leadership Academy is expected to open in September. Rose says Hill has promised to lend his support and that things are fine between them after Hill criticized Rose in March for comments he made in an ESPN documentary about Michigan's famous Fab Five.

Hill, a former Duke standout, criticized Rose in the New York Times for saying the Blue Devils "only recruited black players that were 'Uncle Toms."' Rose says he was only describing how he felt back when he was a teenager -- as opposed to now.

"Any time, for example, you have a critically acclaimed piece like the Fab Five documentary has been, you're going to have 99 percent of the people that love it, but when you have the brutal honesty, you're going to have that 1 percent on the other side of the coin, so to speak," Rose said Saturday. "I definitely talked to Grant and reached out to Coach K, and again clarified that that was how I felt as a high school recruit."

A Detroit native, Rose threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Detroit Tigers' game Saturday against Kansas City. Afterward, he was eager to promote the new school, and he said Hill -- a former Detroit Piston -- has agreed to support the venture. Rose said Detroit Lions defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh has also reached out to him.

Rose, who spent 13 years in the NBA and is now an ESPN analyst, recently decided to sell his version of the "General Lee," a 1969 Dodge Charger used in "The Dukes of Hazzard" television series. Proceeds will benefit the new school.

Rose said he got little use out of the car, except during the Woodward Dream Cruise, the Detroit area's annual vintage car parade.

"You have a great vehicle like that, it's a nostalgic vehicle ... what can you really do with it to have a true impact? My riding up and down the Dream Cruise a couple of days a year means a lot to me -- that day. But then I'm going to park it for a year," Rose said. "It's going to a worthy cause."

SEARCH NEWS
LATEST VIDEOS
photoMar. 30: Top 10
Check out the top 10 dimes, dunks and defensive plays from Monday night in the NBA.
photo''Hot Rod'' Hundley Remembered
The NBA family remembers legendary player and broadcaster ''Hot Rod'' Hundley, who passed away on Friday.
photoBest Throwdowns On Monday Night
Check out the best slam dunks and above-the-rim action from Monday night in the NBA!
photoSuns vs. Blazers
Damian Lillard scores 19 points and dishes out seven assists as the Blazers beat the Suns at the Moda Center.
photoBlock of the Night - Rudy Gobert
Rudy Gobert rejects the Andrew Wiggins dunk attempt.

Copyright © NBA Media Ventures, LLC. All rights reserved. No portion of NBA.com may be duplicated, redistributed or manipulated in any form. By accessing any information beyond this page, you agree to abide by the Privacy Policy / Your California Privacy Rights and Terms of Use. | Ad Choices Ad Choices

NBA.com is part of Turner Sports Digital, part of the Turner Sports & Entertainment Digital Network.