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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: Nov 6, 2009
Posted on: April 2, 2011 11:27 am
 

Dennis Rodman says he's going to the Hall

The article says he avg. "up to 40 points a game at SE Oklahoma." Maybe what I remember hearing is way off.
Anyone have evidence of this?



Since: Nov 6, 2009
Posted on: April 2, 2011 11:23 am
 

Dennis Rodman says he's going to the Hall

It's supposed to be about excellent college players and he wasn't.
According to whom?  I think he played at the NAIA DI level (so maybe that's what you are referring to - that he wasn't at a big-time program) and averaged somewhere around 26 points and 14 boards over his last 3 years.  That's pretty excellent, in my opinion.  If memory serves me, I think he led the nation in scoring in one of those years.

Now I don't know about Hall of Fame because what he did in his career I would describe as very impressive and unique, but not legendary.
The fact that he guarded perimeter scorers early in his career and guys like Shaq towards that end of his career is something we don't see very often.
If there was a HOF for "annoying your opponent" he would be a first ballot kind of guy.



Since: Apr 8, 2010
Posted on: April 2, 2011 10:14 am
 

Dennis Rodman says he's going to the Hall

Early in his career he didn't get as much minutes but still made a huge impact for D town.  He used to D up Jordan and Miller as well as anyone ever did.  Most people forget that as they remember later when he was going against Malone & O'neal.  An amazing talent.  I always wished he hadn't got so weird at the end.  Seeing the energy, joy and passion he brought to the game in Detriot was a neat thing.



Since: Mar 7, 2007
Posted on: April 2, 2011 9:40 am
 

Dennis Rodman says he's going to the Hall

It's the Naismith Hall of Fame.  It's supposed to be about excellent college players and he wasn't.  As far as a great NBA rebounder, he was, there's no doubt there.  However, the 'Worm' doesn't belong in any Hall of Fame.



Since: Apr 2, 2011
Posted on: April 2, 2011 8:33 am
 

Dennis Rodman says he's going to the Hall

Come on!  You can't find a picture of the Worm as a Piston on the night his number is raised to the rafters?  It's with the Pistons that his legend (the player part at least) was made, much of it at the expense of Michael and the Jordanettes. 



Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: April 2, 2011 7:42 am
 

Dennis Rodman says he's going to the Hall

Never saw anyone D up on Shaq better.

Esspecially considering the size he gave up to Shaq. He would plant his feet and Shaq had a hard time backing him down.





Since: May 29, 2010
Posted on: April 2, 2011 7:33 am
 

Dennis Rodman says he's going to the Hall

Great rebounder and, lest we forget, he was 6'9.  Great defender-I remember him d'ing up on Patrick Ewing and causing him fits.  The only thing was later in his career in SA and beyond he kind of conciously took himself out of the offense.  He was not great offensively, but he began to almost openly disdain offense and would walk around outside the three point line when his team was on offense, so much so that it really hurt his teams.  When Rodman was on the floor it was like you were 4 against 5 offensively.



Since: Mar 14, 2011
Posted on: April 2, 2011 5:49 am
 

Dennis Rodman says he's going to the Hall

great rebounder, great defender but don't sleep on his passing and overall team play.  one of my favorite players to watch because of his fundamentals...except at the line.  he deserves it.



Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: April 2, 2011 1:27 am
 

Dennis Rodman says he's going to the Hall




Since: Apr 8, 2008
Posted on: April 2, 2011 1:22 am
 

Dennis Rodman says he's going to the Hall

Big ups!!! Rodman was one of the best rebounders I ever got to watch play. I kinda molded what little game I had around his style. You can say whatever you want about the guy. The dude went and got rebounds like it was nobody's businees but his. As crazy as he is and was. The dude was doin work. A big deserving  HOF CONGRATS goes out to him for that.



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