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Dennis Rodman says he's going to the Hall

Posted on: April 1, 2011 10:42 pm
 
Posted by Royce Young

Dennis Rodman is headed for the Hall of Fame, reports Dennis Rodman. Well at least Rodman says he was informed Thursday to be in Houston for Sunday's Hall of Fame announcement.

Rodman was in his old stomping ground as the Pistons honored him Friday by retiring his No. 10 jersey. Rodman is a five-time NBA champion and two-time defensive player of the year winner.

Rodman was among 12 finalists for the Hall of Fame this year along with players such as Jamaal Wilkes , Maurice Cheeks, Chris Mullin and Ralph Sampson. The induction ceremony is in August. 

Detroit selected Rodman in the second round of the 1986 draft of Southeastern Oklahoma. The native of Trenton, N.J., also played for Chicago, San Antonio, the Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas.

For his career, Rodman averaged 7.3 points and 13.1 rebounds per game in 14 seasons. But check out his stretch from 1991-1997. During that time, Rodman averaged 16.7 rebounds a game and in 1991-92, put up 18.7 a game. That's almost as insane as Rodman himself.

Of course Rodman became more known for his piercings, tattoos and wild personality, but people forget what a fantastic basketball player he was. My favorite thing about him was his committment to team. He was the ultimate team player. He was selfless. At Southeastern Oklahoma he was an all-world scorer, averaging upwards of 40 points per game. But once he found a role in a rotation in the NBA, he sunk his teeth into what he was best at -- defending and rebounding.

The only thing that had people questioning Rodman's Hall of Fame potential was his antics and issues. Because in terms of playing basketball, there's no questioning he's one of the all-time greats. He has the rings, stats and awards to prove it.
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Since: Oct 2, 2007
Posted on: April 5, 2011 3:54 am
 

Dennis Rodman says he's going to the Hall

smchap, you are at superstar level so by now you should know that Royce Young is a blogger and not a professional journalist.  both you and I could write such drivel if we so wished, it is a perk that comes with making it to superstar level.  I always look to see in the right hand corner to see if you can rate the article as well see what points were scored.  I have been fooled in the past in thinking that what I was reading was an actual article when in fact it was a blog.  Just someones opinion on a certain topic and nothing more, no professionalism involved whatsoever.



Since: Mar 7, 2007
Posted on: April 3, 2011 5:40 pm
 

Dennis Rodman says he's going to the Hall

I'm not defending the character of Rodman because we all know he was a dirtbag. I don't think you can omit him from the hall of fame based on 2 years of problems witht the Spurs. As other people said, if the Hall of Fame was about character and morals for basketball and other sports you can omit 80-90% of athletes. His numbers don't lie he is hall of famer. Probably the best defender and rebounder of his generation. Shaq, Karl Malone, Scottie Pippen, Michael Jordan and others will not disagree.
You forget his stints with the Mavericks and the Lakers, don't you?  They were forgetable.

I was a Rodman fan before he played with the Spurs.  I really thought he would be good for them and I was totally wrong.  Olajuwon never had a series like his against the Spurs(w/Rodman) ever again.  Robinson and teammates were better without Rodman.  I consider Rodman's with the Spurs was one of the worst personnel moves for them.  The others being hiring Larry Brown and the "Shark" as head coaches.



Since: Dec 17, 2010
Posted on: April 3, 2011 4:08 pm
 

Dennis Rodman says he's going to the Hall

I'm not defending the character of Rodman because we all know he was a dirtbag. I don't think you can omit him from the hall of fame based on 2 years of problems witht the Spurs. As other people said, if the Hall of Fame was about character and morals for basketball and other sports you can omit 80-90% of athletes. His numbers don't lie he is hall of famer. Probably the best defender and rebounder of his generation. Shaq, Karl Malone, Scottie Pippen, Michael Jordan and others will not disagree. 



Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: April 3, 2011 1:43 pm
 

Dennis Rodman says he's going to the Hall




Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: April 3, 2011 1:41 pm
 

Dennis Rodman says he's going to the Hall




Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: April 3, 2011 11:59 am
 

Dennis Rodman says he's going to the Hall

If we kept those who acted like jackasses out of the various sports hof's they would all be pretty empty. He's a hof'er - period.



Since: Mar 7, 2007
Posted on: April 3, 2011 11:38 am
 

Dennis Rodman says he's going to the Hall

To andru_79: Most people are too young or have poor memories to remember how Rodman behaved when he was a Spur. He didn't act like a Hall of Famer, nor did he play like one. While on the bench in one playoff game against the Lakers, he took his shoes off and sat on the floor, just like a spoiled child. Rodman admitted his frequent transgressions, but asserted that he lived his own life and thus a more honest life than most other people: "I just took the chance to be my own man... I just said: 'If you don't like it, kiss my ass.' ...Most people around the country, or around the world, are basically working people who want to be free, who want to be themselves. They look at me and see someone trying to do that... I'm the guy who's showing people, hey, it's all right to be different. And I think they feel: 'Let's go and see this guy entertain us.'"[6]



Since: Dec 17, 2010
Posted on: April 3, 2011 11:02 am
 

Dennis Rodman says he's going to the Hall

@charlie42s Name me one player who was able to stop Olajuwon in the 95 playoffs. Olajuwon was unplayable. Check his stats for all the playoff series that year. So where was David Robinson the  94-95 MVP in that playoff series? David Robinson the CENTER of the Spurs was not able to stop Olajuwon either and was outclassed in the same playoff series you mentioned. I guess you forgot about that. You sound like a Spurs fan that is still bitter about the years Rodman played in San Antonio. You do realize your team has won championships since. lol



Since: Mar 7, 2007
Posted on: April 3, 2011 10:17 am
 

Dennis Rodman says he's going to the Hall

Anybody who had even seen when he played for the San Antonio Spurs for two seasons, 93-94, 94-95, will understand why Rodman doesn't deserve to be in any Hall of Fame.  If you don't know about his antics, go to the link.  Remember, when he was on the NBA All-Defensive Team in 94-95 and couldn't even slow down Olajuwon during the Houston playoff series. Olajuwon averaged more than 35 a game during the series.
Rodman's a joke, only when he's intimated by his teammates is he an effective basketball player.



Since: Aug 25, 2009
Posted on: April 3, 2011 1:41 am
 

Dennis Rodman says he's going to the Hall

Let me begin with a disclaimer - I intensely disliked Rodman when he played and I despised his off-court shenanigans. Since he has retired, he has become an embarrassment. But the Hall of Fame shouldn't be dealing with whether or not the guy was a distraction or an embarrassment off the court - their focus should be solely on the court. And I think that this decision, if the reports are true, is well-deserved. Why? Welll...

First, he was far more intelligent than many realize. I have read that Phil Jackson says that Rodman had one of the highest basketball IQs of any player he has ever coached. He grasped the triangle offense very quickly and throughout his tenure in Chicago he was always in the right place at the right time to make a well-executed pass, set a solid screen or grab a necessary rebound. He never tried to force a shot and he was always aware of where his teammates were. Not only that, but watching tape, one realizes that he was aware of where they SHOULD be, and played accordingly. That takes understanding of the game and a superior court awareness. 

Then, there is no denying that his defense was amazing. He could and did often guard any player on the floor save for point guards - and guard them exceptionally well. He could shut down small forwards, power forwards, some if not most centers and even some shooting guards. In addition, he was a superior rebounder- probably one of the greatest in recent (I'm talking post-1980) times. He was not much of an offensive threat, but he also was a superior team player on the floor - he did not need the ball to be effective and he was always a threat to get a put-back. And he always played within his limitations. he knew he was no shooter, so he didn't try to be one - he concentrated on what he could do and there he did it superbly. 

For all these reasons, I believe that this article is correct that despite his off-court behavior, his on-court production was Hall-worthy. I don't agree that he was 'one of the all-time greats' as Mr. Young puts it, but he was certainly one of the better players of his era on the defensive end. And he is the perfect example of the player who sacrifices his own stats in favor of the team's needs. So yes, I think he does belong in he Hall. if we're going to put in players who only played offense and couldn't guard their own shadow like Pete Maravich (and Steve Nash too, I suspect) then players like Rodman, who dominated on the defensive end, should also be considered for inclusion. Like the long-overlooked Tex Winter, Rodman's contributions were vital to the championship teams he played on and without him, I do not believe the Pistons or the Bulls would have amassed as many championships as they did. 


 


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