One-on-One with Malik Rose

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Philadelphia 76ers broadcaster Malik Rose spent eight seasons with the Spurs from 1997-05. Rose was part of two Spurs NBA Championship teams in 1999 and 2003. He appeared in 509 games with San Antonio, and averaged 7.5 points and 4.8 rebounds. Rose took some time before Philadelphia’s matchup against the Spurs on Jan. 5 to speak with spurs.com.

On keeping in touch with former teammates and staying current with the Spurs:
“Yeah, I am actually. I still follow them in a box score. I tweet and talk to the guys by text. It is always heartfelt coming back here every year.”

On his favorite memories with the team:
“Well, definitely the championship year but actually that was a question Sean Elliott asked me on air. One of the things I miss most is the relationships. I miss the plane ride, the bus rides, the times pregame and postgame in the training room, things like that. You know the games are great. I miss the competition, but the relationships are definitely a void I haven’t been able to fill.”

On his favorite things to do in San Antonio:
“Oh man, San Antonio is a great town. I had a lot of family and friends. I have a baby brother, nieces and nephews. We used to all love SeaWorld and Six Flags. I love BBQ, so Rudy’s was one of my hangouts, but I did a lot of stuff with the family. I didn’t do the River Walk too much, but I did get out and live it up in this great town.”

On his favorite restaurant in San Antonio:
“Definitely a tie between Pappadeaux and Paesanos. Those were two of my favorites, but probably Pappadeaux, I love their food.”