Tag:Dennis Rodman
Posted on: January 2, 2012 2:22 pm
Edited on: January 2, 2012 7:05 pm
 

Dennis Rodman starting a topless basketball team

Posted by Royce Young

Dennis Rodman is finally getting into coaching. Not at a small college, as an assistant or even at the high school level.

He's going to the topless level. Or actually, creating it. Via the NY Post:
Dennis Rodman is bouncing back into basketball — this time as a coach for a topless women’s team he’s launching for Headquarters Gentlemen’s Club, the New York mammary mecca.

The NBA bad boy dreamed up the team after hearing that rival strip joint Rick’s Cabaret had launched a league with former Atlanta Hawk Spud Webb, who runs the Texas Legends, an NBA Development League team. Rodman is even challenging Rick’s Cabaret’s topless team to a charity game.

“I don’t know too many men that don’t like a good-looking woman running up and down around the court,” Rodman told Page Six.

I don't know, that depends on what kind of offense they're running. Are we talking Seven Seconds or Less or walk-it-up style?

Rodman said he's been a customer at Headquarters for more than 30 years (shocker) and is currently scouting for "talent." I don't know if that means actual basketball ability or not.

“You don’t have to have too much experience, just know how to throw the ball into the hole,” Rodman told the paper. “They’ll come out in a T-shirt or a tank top, but when the game starts, they’ll go topless."

So let it be known I guess: The WNBA now has competition.
Category: NBA
Posted on: August 12, 2011 11:40 pm
Edited on: August 13, 2011 12:00 am
 

Video: Dennis Rodman Hall of Fame speech

By Matt Moore


Dennis Rodman 2011 Hall Of Fame Speech (VIDEO) by 3030fm

Video via Jose3030 on Twitter. 

Dennis Rodman was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Friday night, and did not disappoint. After a wardrobe change, we kid you not, Rodman took to the podium in tears and forced his way through an emotional and contrite speech. He specifically targeted himself as having failed as a husband, son, and father. He said his one true regret was that he wished he'd been a better father. He spoke of the eccentric wardrobe and behavior and how it was an exterior to express his desire to be a colorful individual. 

It was an at-times disjointed speech, but filled with emotion, a true appreciation of the accomplishment and love for the game.  It was at once truly fitting of Rodman's career and a stark contrast to Michael Jordan's bitter pettiness-fueled tirade two years ago. Rodman in particular spoke of both Chuck Daly and his presenter, Phil Jackson, along with Jordan and Pippen. Rodman seemed truly overwhelmed by the moment, putting aside his excessive behavior (outside of two nose rings and a lip ring, and gave a speech worth remembering. It doesn't change who Rodman has been, or who he will be, but it does cement the fact that Rodman belongs here, among players like Artis Gilmore and coaches like Tex Winter. 

The Worm is in the Hall, and he went in on his own terms as you could have guessed.
Posted on: August 12, 2011 10:29 pm
Edited on: August 12, 2011 10:55 pm
 

Dennis Rodman at Hall of Fame: What did he wear?

Posted by Ben Golliver

The Hall of Fame induction ceremony drags on and on for hours, and with the lockout in full force it's unclear how many people actually cared about the annual tradition this year.

There is one exception, of course, and that's the flamboyant Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls Dennis Rodman, who showed up at the ceremony in Springfield, Massachusetts, in style on Friday night.

One outlandish outfit wasn't enough for Rodman, who promised and delivered a wardrobe change in between the red carpet and speech portions of the evening. Here are pictures of his outfits.

On the red carpet, Rodman wore a silver jacket, a silver scarf, a black and silver hat with feathers, a black boa, white and black sunglasses, silver hoop earrings, two nose rings and a lip ring. Here are a few pictures.

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During his speech, Rodman kept the earrings, nose rings and lip ring but opted for a new jacket and shirt. The shirt was white and accompanied by a glimery silver scarf while his jacket was Black with red trim. On the back of the jacket, the words "Pistons" and "Bulls" appeared along with a glittery basketball that was on fire. 

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Finally, here's a look at his more subdued outfit during the trial run through on Thursday night. Rodamn wears a black jacket, jeans, a black and red hat, the same white and black sunglasses and all the same facial jewelry.

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Credits: All images via Getty Images.
Posted on: August 12, 2011 5:46 pm
 

Dennis Rodman's Hall of Fame Nike shoe

Posted by Ben Golliver
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A special shoe for a special day.

Class of 2011 Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman always had his own take on style, whether that was posing nude on his book cover, wearing a wedding dress or spray-painting his head like it was a wall for graffiti. Once famous, Rodman yearned to be jaw-dropping and different.

As he enters the hallowed Hall, though, Rodman feet will be covered in commemoration rather than controversy.  

Rodman posted images of his Hall of Fame Nikes to his Twitter account on Friday. The shoes are your standard low-cut, white-on-white Air Force 1s with a twist: black lettering and symbols that pay homage to his NBA career, statistical accomplishments and family. Click here for a full-size image.

Among the insignia are his chlidren's names (D.J., Trinity and Alexis), his number of NBA All-Star Game appearances (2), his number of championship rings (5), his number of Defensive Player of the Year awards (2) and his jersey numbers: No. 10 for the Detroit Pistons and No. 91 for the Chicago Bulls.

His unique talent for rebounding is remembered in a number of ways. Pictured is his career rebounding total (11,954 boards), his number of league rebounding titles (seven), his best rebounding average (18.7 boards in 1991-1992) and his best rebounding performance in a single game (34 in a March 1992 Pistons win over the Indiana Pacers).

Perhaps the coolest touch is a silhouette of this iconic image of him chasing down a loose ball with his body totally parallel to the floor with his nickname, "The Worm" imprinted on top.

All in all, a pretty cool way to remember a career. Now we all sit and pray that Rodman keeps his shoes, and the rest of his clothes, on during Friday night's induction ceremony.

Image via Dennis Rodman on Twitter.
Posted on: August 12, 2011 1:09 pm
 

Friday 5 with KB: Hall of Fame Edition

By Matt Moore



In this week's edition of the Friday 5we take a look at the Hall of Fame and what it means, the power of super-teams, and wonder what exactly the NBPA and NBA are doing during this lockout, since they're so busy. 

1. There's been some discussion of whether Dennis Rodman was "flashy" enough to belong in the Hall. I argued yesterday that not only is he arguably the best true role player of the last thirty years, he was also pretty good at offense early in his career before he switched to just defense and rebounding. Is "style' a prerequisite for the Hall in your mind?

KB: I think style could be a qualifying factor to enhance a Hall of Fame resume -- i.e. Julius Erving and Pete Maravich -- but shouldn't be a disqualifying factor. Should Tim Duncan not be in the Hall of Fame because he's boring? Rodman definitely belongs on the merit of his play. The fact that he was a grunt specialist on the floor and has become a comic book character off it has little to do with how deserving he is.

2. Your terrific piece on Tex Winter with his son Chris hearkened back to those days in Chicago, which he's most known for. Phil, Jordan, Pippen, now Rodman and Tex. Will we see a team's nucleus enter so many Hall of Famers again?

KB: Well, interesting that you should ask this question in the middle of a death struggle for the future of the NBA. What the owners seem to be saying with their proposals is that they don't want super teams. They want parity. But super teams -- the Showtime Lakers, the Celtics' various dynasties, and now the Heat's Big Three -- have been so good for business, it's hard to imagine smart businessmen wouldn't want that. Would it really be had for basketball, and for business, if the Heat won three or four titles? Or if the Knicks got Chris Paul and won a couple themselves? Hardly. It would be astronomically good for business. But it's up to the owners and what they really want, and which owners ultimately will win this struggle. I maintain that we haven't even begun to hear from the moderates in big, successful markets who aren't so opposed to a system that at least imitates the status quo.

3. Here's a golden oldie. Are you of the opinion that there should be an NBA Hall of Fame, separate from the Naismith?

KB: This is a tough one, because I really do enjoy how the different levels of basketball are all intertwined. I think you lose something if you separate them. But there is a college Hall of Fame, and many players' and coaches' bodies of work in the NBA stand apart from whatever college canvas they may have painted. So yes, ultimately I think it would be better to separate the two. What could possibly be the harm?

4. Outside of No.3, what's the biggest thing you think should be changed about the Hall?

KB:I wouldn't want to see the voting become as political as it is for baseball, but more transparency in the voting would be nice. I want to know who's voting, and who got what percentage of the votes, and have a clear view of what the criteria are.

5. One lockout note: Big to-do's on Thursday about both sides saying the other wouldn't meet. Here's a question. WHAT ELSE ARE THEY DOING THAT THEY CAN'T POSSIBLY FIND TIME TO MEET? We're in a lockout! That's their only job right now, on either side!

KB: Welcome to the dance, Matt. It's still only August, so the slow waltz continues. And you have to admit, the so-called bargaining sessions we've witnessed for the past two months have been exercises in futility. Honestly, I can't imagine what the two sides spent four hours talking about the last time they met earlier this month. The owners still want what they want and aren't willing to compromise, and the players still reject it and feel that if they make major concessions, they'll be caving to the owners. So here we are, in lockout purgatory. What we need is some momentum, some event that creates leverage or urgency for either side. The calendar will take care of that naturally as we get into September and the owners have to grapple with the notion of canceling games. It also could happen on the legal front, with the next mile-marker being a decision from the NLRB on the players' unfair labor practices charge. The double whammy of a victory for the players with the NLRB, which could lead to an injunction lifting the lockout, combined with the sheer element of time would provide the urgency these proceedings currently are lacking. One final thought: I just hope that both sides aren't confident in the belief that they survived a lockout that shortened the season to 50 games in 1998-99, and thus are subconsciously aiming for the same outcome again. Because 50 games can become zero games faster than they think if they don't get moving.

You can follow Ken Berger on Twitter @kberg_cbs
Posted on: August 11, 2011 10:50 am
Edited on: August 11, 2011 11:07 am
 

Dennis Rodman is going to HOF in a helicopter

By Matt Moore

Dennis Rodman has mellowed with age. He's not as over-the-top, even if he does do or say some outlandish things. He's matured, and his behavior has mutured with him. His induction to the Hall of Fame Friday should be a classy affair that shows the true side of a complicated player and one of the best rebounders of all time, and should give Rodman a platform to show just how classy he can be. 

Ha! Just kidding. It's Rodman. Come on.

The Miami Herald reports:
The lighter side: Aventura’s Dennis Rodman told us Tuesday he will arrive at his Basketball Hall of Fame induction Friday by helicopter. He wanted to enter the Hall on a colorful float, “but they wouldn’t let me block off the street” in Springfield, Mass.

He said he will hire acrobats to perform and “a couple of my outfits will be ‘out there.’ Whatever might be too zany is not too zany.” His marketing agent, Floyd Ragland, said Rodman is spending $60,000 to fly in Penny Marshall, Howard Stern and other friends. Phil Jackson is Rodman’s presenter.
via UM clarifies cornerback situation; Dolphins' RB picture takes shape - Sports Buzz - MiamiHerald.com.

As good, or, depending on how you see it, as bad as Michael Jordan's induction speech was, Rodman's has to be the most highly anticipated, if only because you have absolutely no way to predict how far out there he will go.

Acrobats? Who wakes up in the morning and is like "Wait, I got it. You know what my Hall of Fame induction needs? Acrobats. And since I can't charter a float, I'll get a helicopter. Get me Howard Stern!" Answer: Dennis Rodman.

There are questions about whether Rodman belongs in the Hall based off his lack of offense. And, just as readily, there are those who want to defend the inclusion based on his non-scoring contributions. It's become very popular to pretty much throw out the ability to score in analysis and just focus on defense, rebounding, and efficiency, as if actual points scored don't matter in a game decided by comparative number of points. But even beyond the question of non-offensive roleplayers in the Hall is this, Rodman could score. He took less of a scoring role over time and his percentages were terrible, but after watching a Pistons game from Rodman's early years with Detroite recently, I was surprised by his ability to finish in transition and to collect clean-up buckets. Rodman elected to move his career more towards those compimentary things, realizing he could be elite in those areas versus possibly just solid in several if he tried to diversify. In short, he chose to be a roleplayer, a supporting guy, and those players are just as important as flashy players. That Rodman did them better than anyone before or since should really only cement his status in the Hall, not justify it. Rodman could do many things. He chose to do important ones. 

Like ride in helicopters with acrobats.
Posted on: August 4, 2011 8:18 pm
Edited on: August 4, 2011 8:19 pm
 

Dennis Rodman auction has some strange stuff

Posted by Ben Golliver

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Are you in the market for a sequined jacket, african mask art and a Dennis Rodman action figure?

If so, you're in luck: MySanAntonio.com reports that South Coast Auction in Santa Ana, California, is auctioning off all three of those items, plus dozens more, in its Dennis Rodman Collection.
Bidders who want to remember “The Worm” and some of his outlandish wardrobe have a chance to own a piece of history in an auction of some of Rodman’s personal effects set for Monday in Santa Ana, Calif.

There are some high-end appliances and electronics, some outlandish pieces of clothing and even some basketball-related memorabalia. One notable piece is his“Good Hands Award” from November 1995 that was won shortly after his trade to the Chicago Bulls.  

Buying these items won't help you bed Madonna or pose naked on the cover of your autobiography but they will give you a slice of arguably the NBA's quirkiest personality, a highly-talented defensive and rebounding specialist who is being inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame this summer.

To view the entire collection, which includes a must-have deflated and autographed basketball, click here.

And now we can all breathe a sigh of relief that none of his championship rings were being sold off in the collection. 

Above images via South Coast Auction.  
Category: NBA
Posted on: April 2, 2011 6:15 pm
Edited on: April 2, 2011 6:20 pm
 

Report: Tex Winter to enter Naismith Hall of Fame

Longtime assistant coach Tex Winter has reportedly been selected for induction into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. Posted by Ben Golliver. tex-winter

Assistant coach is, without a doubt, one of the least glamorous and recognized positions in the NBA world. The best assistants toil for years -- if not decades -- for the chance to spread their wings and run their own ship.

Not Tex Winter though. After coaching in college and briefly in the pros, Winter settled into the role that he's best known for: Phil Jackson's triangle offense guru. Winter served as Jackson's assistant coach in Chicago for all six of Michael Jordan's Bulls' titles and then went to Los Angeles to accumulate even more bling with the Lakers.

On Saturday, the Chicago Tribune reports that Winter has been recognized for all of that winning. After a coaching career that spanned six decades, Winter will be inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as a member of its Class of 2011.
Winter, who popularized the use of the triangle offense in the NBA, served as Phil Jackson's assistant on all six Bulls championship teams. Winter won't be able to travel to Houston for Monday's announcement, the source said, because of the stroke he suffered two years ago.
But Winter is pleased to finally gain induction after several times as a finalist, according to the source. The induction ceremony is in August.
The triangle -- or "Triple Post" as he originally called it in his 1968 book -- has been credited with providing the framework for superstar players to succeed in the team concept, by highlighting the importance of ball movement, man movement and spacing.

One of Winter's former players -- Dennis Rodman -- is also reportedly set to be a member of the 2011 Hall of Fame class. 
 
 
 
 
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