A pair of college basketball documentaries debuted over the weekend. One made me nostalgic and want to watch basketball.
The other just made me hate Jalen Rose.
ESPN’s 30- for 30 doc, “The Fab Five” was purportedly about how Michigan’s lauded 1992 and ’93 teams featuring Chris Webber, Rose, Juwan Howard, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson changed college hoops because of their freshman impact, style of play and style. (Can’t argue with that last one. Everyone wears baggy shorts today.)
But, as Rick Chandler writes over at Out of Bounds, they should’ve called it “Why So Bitter?”
As you’d expect, Duke’s players took issue with the Wolverines’ assessment. Bobby Hurley told Dan Patrick that Rose might not have played if he had gone to Duke.
“He might have had a hard time hitting the floor, because he wouldn’t have taken my spot.”
HBO’s doc, “Runnin’ Rebels of UNLV” struck me as a solid, even look at a team that was every bit as divisive as the Fab Five. Yet, it managed to avoid the bitterness. Rose is compelling to watch, but comes off as unlikable and arrogant rather than what he should be remembered as: a good player.
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