Knowing what we know about what a tidal wave is, it is interesting to think as to why Jalen Rose may have called the Puma Basketball division such a thing.
Before we talk about what Jalen Rose said in his interview, let us take the time to talk about what a tidal wave is. NOAA’s National Ocean Service – which, obviously, is pretty knowledgeable when it comes to things like actual, legit tidal waves – defines a tidal wave as a “regularly reoccurring shallow water wave caused by effects of the gravitational interactions between the Sun, Moon, and Earth on the ocean.” NOAA also adds that a tidal wave is typically referenced when it comes to tsunamis, even though that would be incorrect because tsunamis have nothing to do with tides or waves.
Now, keeping that definition in mind, let us take a look at and analyze what Jalen Rose told Complex in their interview.
The interview in question referenced a point after Puma’s initial announcement regarding the return of their basketball division where Jalen called it a “tidal wave.” When asked if he still feels that way, Jalen admitted that he does. To summarize it all, Jalen said that he thinks it’s “fly” that sneaker brands like Puma has signed such a large variety of names to their division. Not just notable basketball players like Steph Curry or LeBron James, but also names like Nipsey Hussle, Meek Mill, Big Sean, etc.
All things considered, Jalen did not quite explain what he meant by tidal wave, and that brings us to the initial thesis of this article asking what could Jalen Rose have meant when he called it a tidal wave.
It appears he simply meant that Puma, rather than wide a popularity wave in signing collaborators, they create waves by signing with such a wide assortment of entertainers from multiple entertainment divisions. Not just basketball, but music as well, for example. At least that is the impression that I got, and I think that’s admirable about Puma.