Jalen Rose Reveals Backstory Behind Legendary Kobe Bryant Commercial

Photo: Getty Images

Former NBA star Jalen Rose recently revealed the backstory behind the iconic ESPN commercial featuring himself and Kobe Bryant.

Photo: Getty Images

The ad starts with Rose walking into a restaurant with Kobe already sitting down inside.

Photo: Getty Images

After calling him over, Kobe orders a martini with 81 olives — paying homage to his 81-point game against Rose and the Toronto Raptors.

Photo: Getty Images

Rose recently revealed that the commercial was actually inspired by somewhat of a true story.

Photo: Getty Images

"I think it was date night for him and the wife... I looked down at the table and they had a few martinis.

Photo: Getty Images

That image always stuck with me.," he said.

Photo: Getty Images

"I wanted to do something about 81 martinis.

Photo: Getty Images