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Dennis Rodman
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Philander and Dennis met after an exhibition game at the Mall of Asia Arena in 2012. The elder Rodman, who has acknowledged being a father to 29 offsprings by 16 mothers, first tried to meet his son in the Philippines in another game in 2006. “It was great,” Philander told The Associated Press following the meeting in 2012. “I’ve been trying to meet him for years. And then last night, boom, I met him. I was really, really happy and very surprised.”
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“It’s a bad situation and I think we should all understand the fact that there’s a new generation,” Rodman said in the video. “People my age all knew about the Rodney King thing, and things start to happen, people looting, setting fires, damaging people’s homes, businesses and stuff like that. Now we have this incident. I think someone needs to come out and say, ‘Hey guys, why are we looting? Why are we stealing? Why are we creating more issues, more problems, stuff like that?’”
Washington State University and U.S. youth national team attacker Trinity Rodman has been attracting the attention of scouts for a long time. During her time with So Cal Blues, Rodman was a dominant player on one of the most dominant youth club teams in the country, pegged by some outlets as the number one forward recruit in the U.S. But early on, there was one notable talent evaluator who saw something special in Rodman. At age eight, after an AYSO game, she was approached by LA Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, who had been there to watch his daughter Natalia.
Rodman’s dad — NBA hall-of-famer Dennis Rodman, briefly a Lakers teammate of Bryant’s — has been in and out of his daughter’s life over the years. Her mother, Michelle Moyer, divorced him in 2004 and raised Trinity largely on her own. But, to outsiders, Rodman is still very much at the forefront of his daughter’s identity. In many ways, it’s unavoidable; the Rodman name is one closely associated with some of the most dominant teams in the history of professional sport. After Trinity scored a brace in CONCACAF qualifying last year to help push the U.S. through to the U-20 World Cup, one site went with this lede: “The USWNT is heading to the U-20 Women’s World Cup in August, and former NBA star Dennis Rodman is a big reason why.”
“We were fortunate to beat Indiana. And we were fortunate to beat Utah. Michael had to absolutely go above and beyond the pale. He almost willed us to win those games. Scottie Pippen had a back injury and was going to have surgery. And Dennis Rodman had gotten to the point where nobody could stand to have him around anymore. We couldn’t have kept the team together. Even if we had, their skills had eroded. So my only objection to the series was it really should have given a clear impression that it was over, that it was done and it was time.”
Amid the excitement, there was plenty of strategy to the Jordan interviews. Hehir believed that he and his production crew for “The Last Dance” had to get enough material from the initial interview to complete the first four episodes. The outline for the 10-episode arc determined everything, and because Hehir had decided there would be no narrator (including Jordan) or voiceover element to tell the story, they had to tell the macro facts of the 1997-98 season (and the individual stories of Jordan and other key members of that team such as Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, Phil Jackson and Steve Kerr) through voices other than the main characters.
Harrison, who owns a local car dealership and has been an Indiana Pacers season-ticket holder for 44 years, was talking trash to Michael Jordan and the Bulls, just as she did to everyone else at the time. It’s no longer allowed, thanks to the code of conduct, but she enjoyed the interactions with players — and some grew to recognize her, including Dennis Rodman. “We’d just try to get into their heads. Disrupt their game,” Harrison said. “That was our job. That was our mission. “And he would just turn around. He’d go, ‘Oh, that diamond ring you have on your hand is fake. That’s fake.’ And I’d go, ‘OK, Dennis.'”
Sam Smith: “Would they have won again? No. Because that’s like saying, ‘If he hadn’t fallen off that building, he would be alive!’ Pippen was estranged for a year; heck, he had a half season sit-down strike. Rodman was melting down and did so in Los Angeles. Phil was one step into a sabbatical for a year. Michael clearly was burned out, as he was seen telling Ahmad Rashad in the documentary. Pippen had back surgery after the 1997-98 season and was never again close to the player he’d been. Also, Jordan sustained a severe cut on his shooting hand that offseason from a cigar cutter and could no longer grip the ball and would have trouble shooting. How would his legacy have looked trying to come back without any preseason or camp under those circumstances? Plus, all those Bulls reserve guys like Luc Longley, Steve Kerr and Jud Buechler got long-term contracts from new teams that I am certain all their teams regretted and made no sense for the Bulls to match. This another-year thing is so pathetic. It’s like a teenager dreaming for years about the girlfriend who dumped him. If only… Move on!”
More bad decisions led to the death of the company, and in 2001 WCW was sold to Vince McMahon and the WWE. Attempts to revive the nWo have been made in the years since, but never managed to capture fans the way the original iteration did. Now a relic of a bygone era, the nWo of 1996-98 remains the most compelling era in professional wrestling, not only in terms of the larger WCW vs. WWF feud — but how it pushed the industry away from the comic book style characters of the 1980s and early 90s, instead putting more “real people” on screens that fans could identify with. Without the nWo it’s unlikely we ever would have seen the rise of Stone Cold Steve Austin and countless others. Dennis Rodman is a part of that legacy, and deciding to skip out of practicing for the NBA Finals allowed it.
“The fact is, it’s pretty obvious in 1998 that Michael carried this team,” he said. “These guys were gassed. He could not have come back because of the cut finger. But even if he could’ve come back, the other players [Steve Kerr, Luc Longley, Jud Buechler, Dennis Rodman] were going to get offers that were way in excess of what they were worth. “I know in Episode 10, [Jordan] says, ‘They all would’ve come back for one year.’ But there’s not a chance in the world that Scottie Pippen would’ve come back on a one-year contract when he knew he could get a much bigger contract someplace else.”
Greg Buckner, guard (1999-2002): Cuban, he’s a genius in marketing and stuff. He knew that was going to help Dallas Mavericks jersey sales, and it was going to be all over the world. No. 69? Dennis Rodman jersey? I mean, that was going to sell out every time they put some in the stores and in the (fan) shops in Reunion Arena. He was with that, for sure. Hell, I probably would have bought one. Lewis: There was one for the press conference, and that’s it. I’m sure Mark got it, and I’m sure that’s the only one.
Wilson: Sometimes, he’d just lose interest. And sometimes his losing interest was right there during the middle of the game. Cuban: We were playing the Kings, and Nellie had him guard Chris Webber and he was supposed to guard him, guard him. And (Rodman) would just point to him and say, “Shoot. You can’t make it.” And Chris kept on hitting the shots.
Justin Kubatko: Dennis Rodman recorded 158 games with at least 20 rebounds in his career, the most such games since the ABA-NBA merger. Rodman’s career total is four more than the combined totals of Hall of Famers Charles Barkley (54), Dikembe Mutombo (52), and Hakeem Olajuwon (48).
Apparently, taking a Vegas vacation in the middle of an NBA season is not the craziest thing Rodman did with the Bulls. He also skipped practice in between Games 3 and 4 of the Finals so he could participate a WCW wrestling match in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Practice footage showed Jackson expressing some irritation with Rodman about that episode. To the media, Jackson offered a different reaction when asked if Rodman’s behavior hurts the Bulls’ focus in the Finals.
Apparently, taking a Vegas vacation in the middle of an NBA season is not the craziest thing Rodman did with the Bulls. He also skipped practice in between Games 3 and 4 of the Finals so he could participate a WCW wrestling match in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Practice footage showed Jackson expressing some irritation with Rodman about that episode. To the media, Jackson offered a different reaction when asked if Rodman’s behavior hurts the Bulls’ focus in the Finals.
Jerry Krause: During the last championship run in 1998, cracks in the foundation of the teams we’d built began to alarmingly show up at inopportune times. To the adoring public, the age that was showing on Dennis Rodman, the lack of movement by Luc Longley, the slowdown in efficiency after playing over 100 games per year in two of the previous three seasons, was not apparent. The lack of recovery time in the summer, where beaten-up legs could have enough time on (strength and conditioning coach) Al Vermeil’s summer program to gain back the strength they’d lost in playing far longer than any other team in the league, never struck the fans or the media. The fact that winning titles meant drafting last each year in what at the time were poor draft crops meant nothing. We’d gotten lucky in 1990 in that most NBA people did not think that Toni Kukoc would even come to the NBA, and he’d fallen to early in the second round where we had a pick.
After playing together for two short years in between Rodman’s time with the Pistons and the Chicago Bulls, Robinson got to witness the Dennis Rodman experience up close and personal. In a recent interview with Jason Goff of the Bulls Talk Podcast, Robinson went into detail about his relationship with Rodman and what it was like to be the leader of a young team alongside each other. “Dennis is a complicated guy. I think because of his background, he doesn’t always know how to express himself.
As an assistant basketball coach at Southeastern from 1981-87, Lonn Reisman regularly recruited in Dallas — just a 90-minute drive but a world away down U.S. 75. That’s why he was so confused when he first saw Rodman practice at Cooke County College (now North Central Texas College) in Gainesville. Reisman, upon inquiring, was told Rodman attended South Oak Cliff High School in Dallas. “I’m going back through my notes and I couldn’t find his name,” Reisman said. That’s because Rodman, who was shy of 6-feet in high school, never played varsity basketball. He made it to Gainesville after someone saw him play at a rec center.
Reisman stood at the bedroom door for two, maybe three hours. Rodman wouldn’t come out. After returning to Cooke County College to see Rodman play, Reisman was told that Rodman had left. Reisman saw that as his opening. He called Rodman’s mom, Shirley, to set up a Saturday morning visit at the Rodman’s home in Dallas. Reisman arrived, but Rodman wasn’t ready. “He finally opened that door,” Reisman said, “and we had an immediate connection.” It’s a connection Reisman still can’t describe, but it was mutual. When Rodman was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011, Reisman was the first person he thanked in his speech.
Philip Stephens and most of Rodman’s teammates at Southeastern have since lost touch with him, but they marvel at what Rodman became — the champion and the character. They remember when he dyed his hair, and when he went from the innocent kid who stuffed his dorm fridge with milk to the eccentric star known for wild parties. They laugh about Rodman dating Madonna and befriending North Korea leader Kim Jong Un — the latter of which still sparks controversy. “A guy we didn’t know here at Southeastern,” Stephens said of Rodman. But their affection for Rodman remains.
As an assistant basketball coach at Southeastern from 1981-87, Reisman regularly recruited in Dallas — just a 90-minute drive but a world away down U.S. 75. That’s why he was so confused when he first saw Rodman practice at Cooke County College (now North Central Texas College) in Gainesville. Reisman, upon inquiring, was told Rodman attended South Oak Cliff High School in Dallas. “I’m going back through my notes and I couldn’t find his name,” Reisman said. That’s because Rodman, who was shy of 6-feet in high school, never played varsity basketball. He made it to Gainesville after someone saw him play at a rec center. “I was amazed at where he was,” Reisman said.
Rodman emerged from nowhere, caught the ball and threw down a 180-degree dunk. “He goes back down the floor and gets a standing ovation from their crowd,” Reisman said. “That’s how fast that guy was. Hell, I even got up. I’d never seen anything like it.” “Philip and Worm just had this unspoken language,” Chaffin said. Southeastern, then coached by Jack Hedden, went 74-22 in Rodman’s three seasons. The man they called Worm led Southeastern to a 30-4 record in his senior season. In Rodman’s final game, Southeastern beat St. Thomas Aquinas (New York) 75-74 in the third-place game of the 1986 NAIA National Tournament in Kansas City. Rodman scored 46 points and collected 32 rebounds in the comeback victory.
Chapters of Dennis Rodman’s story have been retold over the last month thanks to ESPN’s “The Last Dance,” a 10-episode documentary that focuses on Michael Jordan’s last season with the Bulls in 1997-98. The final two episodes will air Sunday night. Rodman was the star of Episode 3, but his time sporting blue and gold at Southeastern Oklahoma State University was only chronicled by a few seconds of grainy footage. How Rodman arrived in Durant, Oklahoma, is what Reisman can only describe as a “fairy-tale story.”
As an assistant basketball coach at Southeastern from 1981-87, Reisman regularly recruited in Dallas — just a 90-minute drive but a world away down U.S. 75. That’s why he was so confused when he first saw Rodman practice at Cooke County College (now North Central Texas College) in Gainesville. Reisman, upon inquiring, was told Rodman attended South Oak Cliff High School in Dallas. “I’m going back through my notes and I couldn’t find his name,” Reisman said.
Rodman was a three-time NAIA All-American at Southeastern from 1983-86. He averaged 25.7 points and 15.7 rebounds per game. Rodman still holds the school’s career rebounding record by a margin of 477. “Dennis came along, and superhuman is about the only way I can explain this guy’s ability,” said Kenny Chaffin, a forward at Southeastern from 1982-86. “He could just do some things that were not explainable. I mean, that’s why the crowds came.”
Storyline: Michael Jordan Documentary
Rodman secured a rebound and passed the ball to Stephens, who stood at the top of the key. Stephens took two dribbles and launched the ball toward the rim. “What in the hell are you doing?” Reisman thought to himself. Rodman emerged from nowhere, caught the ball and threw down a 180-degree dunk. “He goes back down the floor and gets a standing ovation from their crowd,” Reisman said. “That’s how fast that guy was. Hell, I even got up. I’d never seen anything like it.” “Philip and Worm just had this unspoken language,” Chaffin said.