Malik Rose was born on November 23, 1974, in Philadelphia, PA.
Growing up Malik took a liking to baseball and basketball. He excelled at both and won many accolades. During his teenage years, Malik attended Overbrook high school where he played on the baseball team and eventually tried out for the basketball team in 11th grade. While practicing basketball he developed a budding love for the game so he joined a local basketball team called 'Positive Image'. Malik is still involved with the team today which is thriving in the Philadelphia area. After graduating from Overbrook high school, Malik pursued a higher education at Drexel University receiving his bachelor's degree in computer information systems and education with a mathematics certification. He recently received a Master’s degree in sports management along with an honorary doctorate degree from Drexel University. During his years at Drexel, he helped create many milestones for Drexel basketball history. Some of Malik’s accolades include the NCAA Third-team all American, two-time America East player of the year (1995, 1996) being dubbed "Shaq of the NAC", his induction into Drexel University’s athletic hall of fame, and the retirement of his jersey #00 during his last college game. Rose helped the school earn a new level of respect during his tenure going 96-24, (Averaging 16.9pts 12.6rebs and 1ast). Winning three America East tournament titles, and receiving three NCAA tournament bids during Rose's college career. After a breakout college basketball career, his family influenced him to enter the 1996 NBA draft, which is arguably one of the best draft classes in history. With nothing to lose, Malik entered the NBA draft and headed to New Jersey. Nervously waiting as names were called and the 2nd round was coming to a close, the announcer said “with the 44th pick, the Charlotte Hornets select Malik Rose of Drexel". Malik embraced his family as his basketball aspirations came into fruition! At that point, it was time to prove his worth in the NBA.
Drafted by the Charlotte Hornets in 1996, playing one season before being waived at the end of his rookie season, Although Rose's morale was down as if his NBA career was ending as fast as it started, He continued to work relentlessly throughout the summer and tryout with multiple teams to prove his worthiness in the NBA.
In 1997, As the summer comes to a close and the NBA season is near its startup for the '97-98 season, Rose signs with the San Antonio Spurs. Designated to the 6th man role, playing backup to the "Twin Towers" Tim Duncan and David Robinson, Malik became a force off the bench as 6th man averaging 7.5pts and 4.8rebs. Rose's points career high was 34pts along with 9 rebounds and one steal, scoring 10 of the 34pts in the fourth quarter, as the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Bucks 105-102. In his nine years in San Antonio Rose helped lead the Spurs to two championship titles in 1999 and 2003.
Headed for a third championship in 2005, Rose was traded to the NY Knicks minutes before the trade deadline concluded.
Rose spent four years with the Knicks before being traded once more to the OKC Thunder and completing his career in 2009.
Throughout his career, he played 813 games scoring a total of 5,003pts (6.2 avg), 3,371 rebounds (4.1 Avg), 684 assists (0.8 avg).
After retiring from the NBA in 2009, Malik was quickly hired as a pregame analyst for the New York Knicks then eventually adding the San Antonio Spurs, and G-League Austin Toros
Today, Outside of basketball Malik is still involved in the San Antonio community with his charity work and his San Antonio staple 'Malik's Philly's Phamous' restaurant specializing in Philadelphia's beloved Cheesesteak sandwiches & specialty fries. Still family owned and operated in food truck fashion with two trucks in San Antonio, along with The Rose Bush food truck patio which features local food trucks daily, outdoor/indoor seating with TVs for the big games and a kids playground in the heart of San Antonio just north of downtown.
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