|Nationality American / Australian|
Listed weight 96 kg (211 lb)
Name Robert Rose
Height 1.96 m
Education George Mason University
|Listed height 196 cm (6 ft 5 in)|
NBA draft 1986 / Undrafted
Role Basketball player
Weight 96 kg
Positions Basketball positions
|Born December 27, 1964 (age 50)
Rochester, New York (1964-12-27) |
High school Cardinal Mooney (Greece, New York)
College George Mason (1982–1986)
Robert Rose (born December 27, 1964) is a retired American-Australian professional basketball player who played the majority of his career in the Australian National Basketball League.
Rose played 2 games in the NBA for the Los Angeles Clippers in the 1988-89 season after signing a 10-day contract. He played just 3 minutes. He later played in the Philippine Basketball Association for the Purefoods Hotdogs in the 1990 Reinforced Conference and helped the team win their first ever championship despite getting injured in the final game. He began his NBL career in 1992 with the South-East Melbourne Magic, leading his team to the championship - which would prove to be his only one. The next year Rose would average 18.6 points, 7.5 rebounds and 8.5 assists per game on his way to the National Basketball League MVP.
Rose signed to play with the Adelaide 36ers for the 1994 NBL season under a new 36ers coach, former NCAA coach Mike Dunlap. Rose combined with Mark Davis, Mike McKay, Phil Smyth and Brett Maher to lead the team to the 1994 NBL Grand Final Series where they were defeated by the North Melbourne Giants in two games (Rose averaged 32 points for the series), as well as the 1995 Semi-Finals against the Perth Wildcats. During his time in Adelaide Rose won the club's 1994 and 1995 MVP awards and was selected to the 1995 NBL All-Star Game played at Adelaide's Clipsal Powerhouse, where he won the game MVP award.
Rose then signed for a three-year stint with the Canberra Cannons where it appeared that his career was somewhat diminishing, although his spectacular stats would not suggest such a thing. Indeed, he was selected to the All NBL First Team in both 1996 and 1997 while in Canberra. After not enjoying any post season success with the Cannons he signed with the struggling North Queensland team of the Townsville Crocodiles. Rose would turn the franchise around captaining them to the semi-finals and grand final in the 1999-2000 and 2000-01 seasons. Rose capped off his team's performance by winning his second league MVP award. However the Crocodiles would be defeated by the Wollongong Hawks in the deciding game three of the grand final series.
After the 2005-06 season, at age 42, the Crocodiles decided not to renew Rose's contract. He then signed with North Queensland rivals the Cairns Taipans for the 2006-07 season before retiring at the end of the year having played in 472 NBL games.
On July 31, 2009 Robert and his wife Patricia opened up a wine bar and restaurant called Vine21. Robert wore the number 21 for thirteen of the sixteen seasons he played in Australia, hence the name "Vine21". It has come to be known as the premier wine bar in all of North Queensland.