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Dennis Rodman accomplished a lot more than simply grabbing rebounds. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer had an uncanny ability to get under his opponents’ skin and take them out of their game. Rodman, who won five NBA championships with the Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls, was a thorn in the side of both the Bad Boys and the Bulls.
Rodman put his opponents to the test and also put the NBA’s no-punching rule to the test, leading an enraged George Karl to slam “The Worm” during his coaching days.
In the NBA, Dennis Rodman made the most of his limited offensive abilities.
During his playing days, Chicago Bulls player Dennis Rodman competes for the ball with Denver Nuggets big Danny Forston (L) and guard Anthony Goldwire (R). | AFP/VINCENT LAFORET/Getty Images
Rodman had an impressive NBA career for a player who averaged 7.3 points per game. The 6-foot-7, 210-pound forward was drafted in the second round of the 1986 NBA Draft out of Southeastern Oklahoma State University. He was a two-time NBA All-Star and played in the league for 14 years, winning five championships. In 2011, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Rodman’s scoring shortcomings were more than compensated for on defense. To get the upper hand, he utilized hustling, hard effort, and a competitive desire. Rodman, a small forward, topped the NBA in rebounding for seven consecutive seasons. In his career, he averaged 13.1 rebounds per game.
Rodman’s Pistons coach, Chuck Daly, told Sports Illustrated in 1996 that he thought Rodman was the greatest rebounder ever. In the rebounding area, Daly felt he was better than Hall of Famers Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell.
Wilt was just larger and stronger than everyone, according to Daly. “Russell was built similarly to Dennis, but he didn’t have to face the same size power forwards and centers that Dennis does night after night. When size is taken into account, I’m not sure there’s ever been a greater rebounder.”
Dennis Rodman put his opponents’ patience and NBA regulations to the test.
Karl was a jerk while he was coaching the Seattle SuperSonics. After Rodman and the Bulls established a 3-0 series lead against his Sonics in the 1996 NBA Finals, he vented his anger. In Game 3, Seattle’s Frank Brickowski was disqualified for a flagrant foul on Rodman. Karl was enraged at Rodman’s actions.
According to United Press International, Karl remarked at the time, “He’s a person who’s using the no-punching rule (which carries an automatic one-game ban) and utilizing it to his advantage.” “He doesn’t punch, but he does a lot of elbows, grips you, and does stuff that may harm you. He’s a master at it.”
Karl was irritated with Rodman, claiming that his on-court theatrics were not basketball.
Karl said, “What he’s doing is unlawful.” “It’s about attracting attention, attracting the attention of the whole globe. It’s starting to seem like a joke. It’s all over the news, and everyone is laughing about it. I mean, aren’t the refs watching this man on film? Other than Dennis Rodman, I don’t know anybody who can turn the game into a circus and win.”
Rodman said that a large part of his game was mental.
Rodman not only went out and grabbed his share of rebounds, but he also attempted to outsmart his opponent in the mental game. He put forth a lot of effort.
“It’s all in your head. After Game 3, Rodman remarked, “It’s a mental game.” “You have all the skills to beat people with your talents, but it’s very difficult to beat someone mentally and get them off their game.”
Scottie Pippen, a teammate of Rodman’s, claimed Rodman was a master at taking his opponents off their game.
Pippen stated, “I believe the small things he does — hitting them (opponents), grabbing them — he works hard at what he does.” “After a time, such things tend to irritate players and divert their attention away from what they need to accomplish on the basketball floor. I believe that makes people more likely to react against Dennis rather than play the game.”
Rodman was a winner not just because of his five titles, but also because of his ability to read his opponents’ minds.
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