This was a particularly emotional Mother’s Day for Jalen Rose.
The ESPN analyst and former NBA star lost his mother, Jeanne Rose, earlier this year as she battled cancer and Rose wanted to honor his mother during Sunday’s broadcast of NBA Countdown.
Rose began speaking about how he is “forever grateful for the acknowledgement of my mother and her legacy.”
As Rose began talking about how this is his first Mother’s Day without either his mother or grandmother he began fighting through tears to get what he wanted to say out.
“It’s been tough,” he said. “It’s really been tough for me and my family. I’m gonna be strong. I got a lot of people who rely on me. A lot of people who love me. A lot of people who believe in me. And I’m gonna represent. Mom, I’m going to make you proud.
“We fell in love with basketball together…My father played in the league and to not know him, she was like ‘you’re gonna make it.’ … And I did it. We did it.”
Jeanne raised Jalen, who was named after father — James (Jimmy) Walker and uncle, Leonard — but his father, who was a former No. 1 pick in the NBA, left Jeanne before Jalen’s birth and played no role in their son’s upbringing.
Former ESPN colleague Jemele Hill, and many others, showed their support for Jalen Rose on social media.