“This man survived an assassination” Jalen Rose was driven by 911 as his ‘Dawg’ got shot


“This man survived an assassination” Jalen Rose was driven by 911 as his ‘Dawg’ got shot

Jalen Rose is not really remembered for his career in the NBA but as a reporter. These days he spends his time appearing as an analyst and commentator across numerous sports entertainment platforms, most notably ESPN and Fox Sports. But the former athlete was witnessed some of greatest and worst moments in life as well.

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Jalen Rose
Jalen Rose

He revealed a story of nearly being assassinated once while he was cruising in a Bentley he loaned out. “So I’m driving up sunset and I’m paying attention to this red caddy truck that was clearly following me. So we pull up the light, I’m in a drop top Bentley. So I glance to my right and I see the dome light in the car. Dude jumps out the passenger seat, walks behind the car, walks right up and pulls put a nine.”

“He said something, something, and it was just a blur. And for whatever reason, I thought when he spoke that he relaxed a little bit. That’s when I hit the gas, he shot the car… not shot at… nine times. And I look over and my man bleeding crazy. I reach down, grab the phone, call 911. ‘Please just tell me where the closest hospital is, my DAWG just got shot. So I take the directions 911 sent me, sends me to a veterinarian.” Luckily, there was a hospital nearby that he went to.

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Jalen Rose peaked as an NBA Reporter

Jalen Rose
Jalen Rose

Jalen Rose is a legend for what had happened on Sunset Boulevard 20 years ago. It was certainly a miracle that he ended up right next to another hospital for humans right at the address that was sent to a veterinarian hospital. The 911 operators certainly did not understand the lingo he had used to refer to his friends who had been shot.

But he never had a significant moment in the NBA except that he was a great role player on the Indiana Pacers and Toronto Raptors who occasionally averaged 20 points per game in a couple of seasons spread apart. His work earned Most Improved Player of the Year in 2000.

That was unfortunately where his career peaked and moved on. Rose retired and quickly turned to sports entertainment. His work as an analyst and commentator is very underrated as many people also appreciate his takes on all things NBA. But what he will forever be remembered about is receiving a lashing from Kobe Bryant when he scored 81 points.

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