Welcome to the 27th episode of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch. In this podcast, which is published weekly, Deitsch interviews members of the sports media about their work, and interesting people about the sports media.
This week’s guest is the ESPN and ESPN Radio commentator Jalen Rose, who is part of the cast of NBA Countdown and a co-host of the Jalen & Jacoby Radio show and podcast. He has a new memoir out: Got To Give The People What They Want: True Stories And Flagrant Opinions From Center Court.
In the episode, Rose discusses his relationship with former ESPN staffer Bill Simmons and whether Simmons will ever return to the network, how he transitioned to broadcasting from playing in the NBA, his relationship with Chris Webber, how he prepares for his various roles, his calling out Skip Bayless on First Take, his All-Dark Alley Team, why he is the longest tenured staffer on ESPN’s NBA pregame show, and why he loves podcasting.