Chris Webber’s election to the Basketball Hall of Fame led to a touching second with estranged former Fab 5 member Jalen Rose.
Rose interviewed his fellow Detroit-area product and former Michigan teammate Sunday on ESPN after it was introduced that Webber was part of the 2021 Hall of Fame class.
“I love you my brother. Congratulations,” Rose said, including that he and Webber first performed collectively after they had been 13 years old. “You made it to the Hall of Fame. Well deserved.”
“Jalen Anthony Rose, it’s crazy, man,” Webber replied. “And thank God for your beautiful, wonderful mother, [because] you know what she did for me.”
Rose’s mom, Jeanne Rose, died at 79 in February from lung cancer.
The Detroit Free Press referred to the segment as a “scene that many thought might never come,” with the 2 “estranged former best friends and teammates reconciling live on television.”
Webber and Rose had been part of the historic Fab 5 freshman class at Michigan – together with Juwan Howard, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson. They led the Wolverines to back-to-back NCAA national title video games in 1992 and 1993.
The 2 former teammates reportedly battled for years over the usage of the “Fab Five” and “Fab 5” emblems following a scandal involving Webber’s relationship with longtime Michigan booster Ed Martin.
As a result, the basketball program was forced to forfeit victories from Webber’s two seasons in Ann Arbor and the Final 4 banners had been faraway from the school’s home area. The NCAA additionally banned Webber from associating with the program for a 10-year period.
Webber was the primary total pick within the 1993 NBA Draft and made 5 All-Star groups in a 15-year career with 5 groups, together with seven seasons with the Sacramento Kings. Rose performed 13 seasons within the NBA, together with one with the Knicks within the 2005-06 marketing campaign.