Dennis Rodman Rumors

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Q: You kept Phil Jackson’s book “Eleven Rings” on your desk in Phoenix? Jeff Hornacek: My wife gave it to me as a Christmas gift after it came out. I liked the way he handled players. It might have been that laid-back [approach] … or whatever it is. But a guy like Dennis Rodman. I love Dennis, we came in the same year, but a lot of stuff that he did when Phil had him, he was starting to hit a little bit of a nutty area (chuckle) when he was doing goofy stuff. But to get him and let him be Dennis and play and continue to win championships was something else.
A lover of practical jokes, Gilbert once wanted to dummy up a fake news release that the Cavs were signing Dennis Rodman to a 10-day contract and put it out on April Fools’ Day; he was talked out of that one. After a playoff victory over the Washington Wizards 10 years ago, Gilbert had a remote-controlled fart machine installed under coach Mike Brown’s seat. When Brown went up to the dais for the postgame news conference, Gilbert stood in the back and worked the controls. Brown was flummoxed — although the microphones didn’t pick up the sounds.
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One can only speculate if any of those marijuana friendly peers joined Robinson on Rodman’s aforementioned “basketball diplomacy” squad that entertained Kim Jong Un in North Korea, although it’s unlikely they indulged while visiting the totalitarian dictatorship. The unique excursion and Rodman’s bizarre behavior were widely reported on in the United States. “Anytime you get to go into a country that people rarely have access to, from a historical standpoint, you have to take advantage of that opportunity. As an athlete, I play basketball. I’ve played basketball for a lot of different people, and I never thought of it as anything other than going to play basketball in North Korea,” he said. As workmanlike as Robinson’s approach was, the weirdness of the trip was not lost on him. “It’s like clockwork over there. I compare it to being in The Matrix.”