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StatMuse: Nikola Vucevic tonight: 16 PTS 20 REB 3 STL 8-14 FG in 33 MINS He joins Joakim Noah and Tyson Chandler as the only Bulls players with 20+ rebounds in fewer than 35 minutes since the Dennis Rodman era.
28 Nov 21
Tonight’s party is a promotional event for a line of male supplements that Rodman has recently begun endorsing—a product called ManTFup, which is supposed to “improve energy levels” and “increase vitality” or something. It’s the kind of product you might see advertised on daytime ESPN with a wink and a nod toward heterosexual virility. Dennis, to his credit, doesn’t try to sell me very hard. “I think a lot of companies don’t want to fuck with me,” he says in his typical half mumble. “[But this is] all healthy stuff. It’s pretty much just vitamins. If you want to do it, do it. Shit, whatever.” He may not be an enthusiastic pitchman, but he is, at 60, still unapologetically himself.
A move to the San Antonio Spurs helped and he says it was there that he was helped by meeting people living on their own terms. “In San Antonio I started going to gay clubs,” he told GQ in an interview published online on Thursday. “I started going to drag clubs. I started bringing drag queens to games.” He added: “When you talk to people in the gay community, someone who does drag, something like that, they’re so fucking happy. They hold their head up so high every fucking day, man. They’re not ashamed of shit. They’re not trying to prove anything, they’re just out there living their lives.”
As a result, Rodman didn’t just lead the league in Rebound Rate during his prime seasons, he led it by absolutely absurd margins. In 1994-95 his Rebound Rate of 29.7 was the highest for any season we have data, and given the historical trend line it was a truly Ruthian feat; no other player was above 20 that season. Rodman’s rate was nearly 50 percent higher than the closes competitor, Cleveland’s Tyrone Hill, who clocked in at 19.9. By the way, he did this while playing next to David Robinson; since rebounding is a zero-sum game, the Admiral surely cut into his total a bit. Rodman posting a 26.6 Rebound Rate – the highest in history, except for his mark the year before in San Antonio – while playing for the best team ever is a pretty strong prima facie case that he was rebounding in ways that were actually helping the team and not just hoarding boards for his stat sheet. (Although, certainly, he was guilty of this too.) Those Bulls were also an elite rebounding team overall.
But, like the rest of his life journey, he succeeded while defying conventional norms. “Forget all the other stuff,” former Bulls teammate Jud Buechler told The Athletic. “Wherever he went, they won — and they won championships.” Ask Los Angeles Lakers legend James Worthy, another member of the NBA’s 75th-anniversary team said, who the best defender he ever faced was, and the answer is easy. “Dennis was the toughest defender that ever guarded me,” Worthy told The Athletic. “He was extremely tough, strong. And the one thing that gave me issues, gave me problems, was that his footwork was quick like mine. “And he played the head games with you.”