Fab Five

Jalen Rose planning a book about the Fab Five


The saga (and the storytelling) of the Fab Five will continue this fall, as Terry Foster of The Detroit News is reporting that Jalen Rose will release a book about the era at Michigan called, “Got to Give the People What They Want.”

Scheduled to be released on Oct. 6, Foster reports that Rose has spent a year-and-a-half working on the book, which Rose did not provide specifics about at the Jalen Rose Golf Outing early this week.

One of the topics of discussion will surely be Rose’s strained relationship with former teammate Chris Webber. Foster asked Rose about his relationship with Webber and Jalen sounded hopeful about repairing things eventually:

“You will see when it comes out,” Rose said. “(Webber) is my brother. It’s no slight or dis.”

Rose said he wishes Webber still were part of his inner circle, but believes they will patch up their differences.

“I unite,” Rose said. “When you have a fractured relationship you hope that time heals all wounds. I think that will be the case. It does bother me but I think we will find ways to mend fences.”

Rose has been the most outwardly vocal member of the Fab Five in recent years, as he helped produce the documentary, The Fab Five, a project in which only Webber did not participate. Other Fab Five members Juwan Howard, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson all have good relationships with Rose and they all appeared in the documentary.

It will be interesting to hear what Rose has to say in the new Fab Five book he’s planning to release, specifically the parts about Webber. Until Rose and Webber are on good terms it will be the intriguing point of conversation about the group until some other kind of new information is revealed. Hopefully Webber and Rose and can amends and start to speak on one of the fun modern eras of college basketball.

Jalen Rose believes Chris Webber should apologize for what happened at Michigan

source: AP

The long and complicated history of Michigan’s Fab Five was revived this week as former member Jalen Rose spoke out against teammate Chris Webber.

In an interview with Jorge Sierra of Hoops Hype, Rose was asked about his non-existent relationship with his former teammate while also saying that Webber should apologize to Michigan for his role in what happened.

Webber was charged with lying to a grand jury in 2002 as part of a larger investigation against former Michigan booster Ed Martin. Due to Webber compromising his amateur status by taking money from Martin, the Wolverines subsequently forfeited their 1992 and 1993 Final Four banners and the entire 1992-93 season. Webber was also disassociated from the University of Michigan until 2013 because of an NCAA ruling.

Rose believes Webber should move on from the incident and here is the excerpt from the interview in Hoops Hype:

When was the last time you spoke with Chris Webber?

JR: I heard through mutual friends that he’s upset that I said that I feel like he should have come out and apologize for some transgressions that happened at the University of Michigan. But I still stand behind that. Also I’m disappointed how the relationship with [Michigan booster] Ed Martin ended. Ed, unfortunately, in my opinion basically died of a broken heart. So while we’re still brothers and I hope that we’re going to make amends… One of the great things of being teammates and friends is we should be able to speak openly and honestly. And hopefully he finds a way to realize and apologize about what happened in Michigan. It ain’t just about you. It’s about the players, it’s about the coach. Steve Fisher coached in three finals and won a championship in Michigan. You go in that campus, his name is nowhere. So it’s bigger than just him. And the fans deserve it, the history of the University of Michigan deserves it. And all he had to do is say two words. It’s not brain surgery. They are ‘I’m sorry.’

Rose also spoke about Webber’s documentary that he is producing about the Fab Five. Webber, if you recall, chose not to participate in the 30 for 30 The Fab Five documentary that Rose and the other three members of the Fab Five took part in:

How do you feel about the new Fab Five documentary Chris Webber is going to do?

JR: It’s not a legitimate documentary if the other four guys don’t participate.

Nobody asked you to participate?

JR: I haven’t heard anything about it except from the media. And the other four of us, when you look at the national championship game, we’re together. When you watch my Fab Five documentary, we’re together. So about his project coming, best of love and can’t wait to see what happens.

This matter between Webber, the Fab Five and Michigan obviously runs far deeper than any story appearing in print but it would be nice if Webber came back to the Wolverines and made amends. It would be a great opportunity for the Fab Five to come together and Webber’s name could finally appear alongside the University of Michigan.

Bob Knight on the Fab Five: ‘They never won anything’


With a top-3 matchup headlining Saturday’s games, legendary Indiana head coach Bob Knight took a shot at top-ranked Michigan. Well, not this year’s team … he went back 20 years.

Michigan’s Fab Five is one of the most famous teams in college basketball history, and until this week, the 1992-1993 edition of the Fab Five was the last Michigan team to be ranked No. 1 in the nation.

The Fab Five made it to consecutive Final Fours, which were later vacated, and featured future top pick, Chris Webber. For all the publicity they got (and still get) Knight isn’t impressed and shared his views Thursday night, as MLive.com’s Nick Baumgardner posted Knight’s comments from ESPN’s broadcast of the Arkansas-Alabama game.

“I’m not sure what the Fab Five was,” said Knight. “They never won anything.

“They never won a championship, they didn’t get anywhere, they got beat.”

Despite the Fab Five — Webber, Jalen Rose, Juwan Howard, Jimmy King, and Ray Jackson — lack of championship banners, they were trendsetters during their time in Ann Arbor, and are still talked about year after year, being compared to other top recruiting classes.

Knight, who won three national titles in his Hall of Fame career, feels the adjective before ‘Five’ is a bit generous.

“Fab indicates, to me, that you’ve won something,” Knight added. “I’ve never been able to understand what ‘Fab’ was. It wasn’t championships, I always knew that.”

Indiana and Michigan tip at 9 p.m. in Bloomington.

Terrence is also the lead writer at NEHoopNews.com and can be followed on Twitter: @terrence_payne

Juwan Howard is first member of Michigan’s “Fab Five” to win NBA title


It took Juwan Howard 18 years, but he finally won an NBA title. Not only is it the first title for him, but it’s the first title for the famed “Fab Five” of Michigan in the early 1990s.

Of those five (Jalen Rose, Chris Webber, Jimmy King, Ray Jackson, and Howard) three had lengthy NBA careers, but only Howard has been able to bring home a title.

Granted, Howard wasn’t necessarily the reason Miami won the title, considering he’s 39 years old and averaged under seven minutes per game, but he was on a team that won it, none-the-less.

Webber was cursed by having to deal with Shaquille O’Neal and the Lakers during his prime early-2000 days, and Rose fell victim to those same Lakers in the 2000 NBA Finals.

Howard hasn’t played regular minutes since 2009-10 with Portland, but he was a veteran on a Heat team that made use of his experience.

As for the rest of the Fab Five, Rose and Webber are both NBA analysts now, Jackson owns a non-profit organization, and King has battled some legal troubles after a long playing career abroad.

A well-done documentary about the Fab Five aired last year to much critical acclaim, which should help to preserve the rarity of the talented collection of youth at Michigan during the Fab Five era.

Their coach, Stever Fisher, is now at San Diego State, helping to build a contender out West. After surprising people two years ago, led by now-San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, Fisher kept the momentum going last season and is poised to have another contending team in 2012-13.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_