Jalen Rose (left) during his time in Phoenix.

NBA players past and present with a Valentine's Day connection

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With Valentine’s Day upon us, we here at GMS thought it would be fun to take a look at players with some link (however tenuous) to this romantic weekend.

So sit back, relax and get ready to once again be able to direct any conversation you have back to NBA hoops…

Be My Valentine

There is something a little ironic that when it comes to Valentines, there have only been a couple in league history.


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Ronnie Valentine’s stint in the NBA lasted a mere 24 games for the Denver Nuggets in 1980-81. Darnell Valentine did significantly better, lasting nine seasons between 1981 and 1991 with stints with the Trail Blazers, Clippers and Cavs.

An old-school guard, Darnell had a tendency to step his game up during the Playoffs, when his team needed him the most. Still a Blazers fan favourite.

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Love, Love, Love

Three Loves have suited up for NBA franchises; Bob Love, Stan Love and Kevin Love.

Bob played for five teams but was best known as a member of the early Chicago Bulls squads between 1968-1977. Throughout his career, the 6 foot 8 nch forward averaged 17.6 points, earned three All-Star appearances and still ranks third on the Bulls all-time scoring list.

In 1994, the Bulls honoured Love by retiring his number 10 jersey.

Chicago Bulls v Baltimore Bullets

Stan Love wasn’t quite as decorated as Bob. He had stints for both the Baltimore Bullets (now Washington Wizards) and the LA Lakers in the NBA, as well as the San Antonio Spurs in the ABA between 1971 and 75. 

The 6 foot 9 inch big man never averaged more than 7.9 points and 4.6 rebounds, and that career-high came in his rookie season.

Of course, you likely know about Kevin so I won’t go into him here. But If that’s not enough Love, and you need a little more, Clyde Lovellette was an 11 year vet, with the Minneapolis Lakers (now LA), Cincinnati Royals (now Sacramento Kings), St Louis Hawks (now Atlanta) and the Boston Celtics. 

With career averages of 17 and 9.5, Clyde was the first player in history to play for an AAU, NCAA, Olympic and NBA championship team. Lovellette was elected in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1988.

Say it with Flowers

There’s not a bunch of players with this name in the NBA. Bruce Flowers was drafted by the Cavs in 1979 but had to wait until the 1982-83 season before he earned a roster spot.

He never blossomed into a consistent contributor and his NBA career wilted after 53 games.

A Rose by any other name…

There may not be a dozen of them, but a total of four Roses have played in the NBA. Just like with Kevin Love, I won’t go into Derrick Rose here. The first Rose to enter the league was

The first Rose to enter the league was Rob Rose in 1989. His NBA career was short-lived, signing a ten-day contract with the LA Clippers, he played three minutes across two games and took one missed.

Jalen Rose played for the infamous University of Michigan's “Fab Five” before embarking on a 13-year career with stops at the Nuggets, Pacers, Bulls, Raptors, Knicks and Suns. 

The lefty combo guard had a decent career, averaging over 20 points three times. Jalen won the 1999-2000 Most Improved Player award and his Pacers squad made it all the way to the NBA Finals before running into Shaq and Kobe’s Lakers.

Jalen always seemed to come off worse when meeting Kobe, when at Toronto in 2006, he was on the wrong side of Bryant’s 81 point performance.

Indiana Pacers' gaurd Jalen Rose (L) gets around L

The Rose with the most championship rings though is Malik. The 6 foot 7inch  forward played for Charlotte, San Antonio, Knicks and Thunder during his 13-year career. Though always a role player, he featured on the 1999 and 2003 Spurs title-winning squads.

With all these factoids to hand, you should have no problem blending your hoops obsession in your romantic conversations with your significant other.

And with All-Star weekend also upon us, there really is no better time for an evening cuddled up on the sofa – just remember not to completely ignore the other half though, GMS would be a little upset if you Tiago Splitter-up because of us…

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