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News » Rose brings experience, lot of respect and a title ring

Rose brings experience, lot of respect and a title ring

Rose brings experience, lot of respect and a title ring
Malik Jabari Rose

→Position: Forward

→Age: 34

→College: Drexel

→Years Pro: 12

→2008-2009 PPG: 1.7

→2008-2009 RPG: 1.7

→2008-2009 APG: 0.6

→Scouting report: Born in Philadelphia. ... Drafted in 1996, the 44th pick overall, by Charlotte. ... Helped San Antonio win 1999 and 2003 NBA championships. ... Has a degree in computer information systems and teacher education. ... Has a collection of more than 1,500 CDs.

Malik Rose, acquired in a trade from the New York Knicks on Thursday for Chris Wilcox and cash considerations, isn't expected to play much for the Thunder.

Rose, though, brings something no one else on the roster has - a championship pedigree.

A 13-year veteran forward out of Drexel, Rose owns two championship rings from his seven-plus seasons with the Spurs. Two of his best seasons were in 1999 and 2003, when San Antonio won titles.

Best known for his hustle and defense, Rose is so well respected around the NBA that San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich was quoted in 2005 as saying how difficult it was to trade Rose to the Knicks at the trading deadline four years ago.

"It was gut-wrenching," Popovich said.

"He was intricately woven into the fabric of team personality. Highly intelligent, very respected, a class act on and off the court for a lot of years. It took awhile for us to get over it. There was a mourning period believe it or not with our team and our staff."

Rose has 6.3 scoring and 4.2 rebounding averages for his career.

With the Knicks this season, he's averaged 1.7 points and 1.7 rebounds but has played in only 18 games.

On board for the final two months with an expiring $7.65 million contract, Rose will provide yet another veteran voice for young players such as Kevin Durant, Jeff Green and Russell Westbrook.

"Coming up the way that he did, earning everything that he earned, all his experiences will help our younger guys," said Oklahoma City general manager Sam Presti.

"He's someone that has tremendous respect around the NBA, a true professional. Those are important qualities we want to continue to feed into our program."

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Added: February 23, 2009


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