Jalen Rose’s N.B.A. Finals Diary: ‘I Can’t Wait for the Game’


9 p.m. We watch the game in what we call a war room, just off the studio. We sit on couches and comfortable chairs, and we all give our unfiltered analysis. Then producers come in to find out what we want to talk about at halftime. For me, the Lakers seemed to be in an altogether different weight class than the Heat. Then, in the second half, it’s rinse and repeat.

1:30 a.m. The Lakers beat the Heat, 116-98. The game didn’t end till after midnight, and I got home about an hour later. Red wine; got to decompress from the day. I got the steam shower going. I called my producer for “Jalen & Jacoby,” and we talked for a half-hour. Then I steamed, prayed, meditated and stretched before bed.

5:15 a.m. My wife woke up for work, and it’s hard to stay asleep when the person who is in charge of the house doesn’t tiptoe. I curled into the fetal position and slept for another 43 minutes.

9 a.m. I was in the studio for my “Get Up” spot, but then there was breaking news about the Titans-Steelers football game getting postponed this weekend because of Covid-19. This may be important to the N.F.L., but it’s more important to me because I play in a big fantasy football league. The Warriors’ Draymond Green is in the league. Maverick Carter, LeBron’s business partner, is in it. I needed to reach out to the commissioner. That’s really important. I need to know what happens when games get canceled. He said he’s going to circle back to me.

11 a.m. I did my podcast interview with Angela. As popular as she is, Angela is really underrated. Hip-hop is not an easy world for women, not simple for women to succeed. There’s a lot of sexism.

12:30 p.m. On the phone with DJ Premier. I asked him if I could get permission to use “Come Clean,” which he produced, for the theme music on the podcast. He said yes, and I got to chat with him for about 30 minutes.

7 p.m. Another podcast interview, this one with Cedric. See, I am rolling them out! I am about providing quality content to the consumer!

8:20 p.m. I had to watch “Thursday Night Football” even though I knew it was going to be a terrible game, because the New York Jets are terrible (they were 0-3) and the Broncos are terrible (they were also 0-3). It’s my job, so I watched, but this game did not merit popcorn. I ate my Detroit-made Better Made BBQ potato chips.



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