Jalen Rose Apologizes for Kevin Love Comments

By: Tadi Abedje

The USA men’s basketball team finalized its 12-man roster as they travel to Tokyo, Japan for the Summer Olympics.  

The team consists of Kevin Durant (Brooklyn Nets), Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers), Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards), Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics), Devin Booker (Phoenix Suns), Zach LaVine (Chicago Bulls), Kevin Love (Cleveland Cavaliers), Bam Adebayo (Miami Heat), Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors), Jerami Grant (Detroit Pistons), Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks). 

Last week, Jalen Rose expressed some excitement about the roster on his radio show, Jalen and Jacoby. However, he was upset about Kevin Love making the team and believes that Deandre Ayton of the Phoenix Suns should have his spot.  

“Kevin Love is on the team because of tokenism. Don’t be scared to make an all-Black team representing the United States of America. I’m disappointed by that,” Rose said. “Anybody that watched the league this year knows Kevin Love did not have a stellar season, was not the best player on his team and did not necessarily deserve to be on this squad.” 

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However, he addressed the Love situation and apologized to the game of basketball on his Instagram post on Monday 

“I’m what the game made me. I was raised by the all-time greats, and you know what I would never want to do? Disappoint Jeanie Rose [Rose’s late mother] or disappoint the all-time greats that raised me, said the ex-NBA star. 

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