Jalen Rose eager to see Pistons’ Jaden Ivey-Cade Cunningham duo

Jalen Rose hosted his 12th annual fundraiser for Jalen Rose Leadership Academy on Monday, Aug.  22, 2022, at Detroit Golf Club.

As an NBA analyst for ESPN/ABC, Jalen Rose has often had the honor of being among the first native Detroiters to welcome the Detroit Pistons’ draft picks to his hometown.

In June, he did so for a player who also has strong Detroit ties. The Pistons’ lottery pick, Jaden Ivey, wasn’t born in Detroit, but his father, Javin Hunter, was born and raised in the city. Ivey’s paternal grandfather, James Hunter, played for the Detroit Lions. And his mom, Niele Ivey, is a former guard for the Detroit Shock.

Rose was thrilled on draft night when Ivey fell in the Pistons’ lap with the fifth overall pick. Ivey and Cade Cunningham could form one of the NBA’s most potent up-and-coming guard duos next season.

Jalen Rose hosted his 12th annual fundraiser for Jalen Rose Leadership Academy on Monday, Aug.  22, 2022, at Detroit Golf Club.

“When you talk to me about the Pistons, it made me think about great backcourts,” Rose said at the 12th annual Jalen Rose Leadership Academy Celebrity Golf Classic on Monday at Detroit Golf Club. “There was my biological father, Jimmy Walker, and Dave Bing was an All-Star backcourt in the 70s. And then Bad Boys, Joe Dumars and Isiah Thomas was an All-Star backcourt, right? How about Chauncey BB-Billups and Rip Hamilton? An All-Star backcourt. I think we now have another All-Star backcourt in Jaden and Cade Cunningham.”

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