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Video: Jalen Rose says Juwan Howard hiring as Michigan coach will bring ‘Fab 5’ together again

Jalen Rose, Juwan Howard

The recent hiring of Juwan Howard as the head coach of the Michigan Wolverines might have repercussions besides wins and losses this upcoming season. According to fellow Michigan alum and member of the iconic “Fab 5” — Howard’s hiring has proved to be a seminal reason to bring the five back together, including Jalen Rose and Chris Webber.

“Any time you’ve [grown] up for national consumption like we’ve done, people have gotten a chance to see us at our highest of highs and our lowest of lows — and they’ve seen some discord,” said Rose on ESPN’s Get Up! “I just got to acknowledge this on national television: those days are over. Not seeing eye to eye, there will not be any disrespect to the program, there will not be any side show, there will not be any friction amongst the Fab 5. We’re about to all come together like Voltron, make sure we do what we gotta do to put us back on top of the map.”

ESPN’s Adam Schefter was shocked by Rose’s words and asked a follow-up question just to ensure he heard that right.

Schefter: You’re telling me that the hiring of Juwan Howard is gonna bring you and C-Webb together?

Rose: Yes, absolutely. No doubt about it.

Rose and Webber have been known to have a long-standing tiff, stemming from their playing days at the University of Michigan in the 1990s and several jabs traded over the years.

Webber memorably did not take part in ESPN’s 30 for 30 that featured the Fab 5 and their story, instead choosing to tell his truth in a book.

Since then, accusations of what Rose and Webber have done to further their post-NBA career has also become a recurring theme. Rose has been working with ESPN since retiring from the league and Webber has done the same for Turner (TNT/NBATV).

Howard’s hiring to succeed John Beilein, who left the job after 12 years to coach the young Cleveland Cavaliers, will likely stand as a seminal moment that can bring Rose and Webber together for the good of the program… and their reputation as well.