Jalen Rose expressed displeasure over Phil Jackson’s reference to him during Jackson’s recent speech.
During the unveiling ceremony of the late Kobe Bryant’s statue by the Los Angeles Lakers, Phil Jackson, the esteemed Hall of Fame coach who coached Bryant for 11 seasons, shared anecdotes about Bryant’s career.
In his speech, Jackson mentioned Rose twice, recalling the incident during the 2000 NBA Finals where Rose caused Bryant to sprain his ankle and jokingly referenced a gameplan against Rose during Bryant’s 81-point game in 2006 against the Toronto Raptors.
Rose, reacting to Jackson’s mentions, took to social media with a video response, where he expressed mixed feelings. He sarcastically thanked Jackson for the mentions but also hinted at underlying tensions, using the phrase “A hit dog gon holla,” suggesting that Jackson’s remarks might stem from unresolved issues between them.
Their history includes playoff clashes in the 2000 Finals and 2007, as well as public criticisms from Rose towards Jackson, particularly regarding Jackson’s comments about the NBA’s political stance post-2020 bubble.
Despite Rose’s previous camaraderie with Bryant, their relationship stands in stark contrast to his dynamic with Jackson.