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Dennis Rodman: Checking in on THE WORM...From Draft to 2016

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Dennis Rodman is one of the greatest rebounders ever to play professional basketball. His rebounding exploits have drawn comparisons with such legends as Wilt Chamberlain, Moses Malone, and Bill Russell, all of whom were taller and heavier. Dennis Keith Rodman has played basketball in the NAIA, the NBA, the ABA, the BBL and the Euroleague. He’s had relationships with Carmen Electra, Vivica A. Fox, and Madonna. He won five NBA championships, the Detroit Pistons retired his jersey number and, in 2011, he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. Without a doubt, few players are as interesting as Dennis “The Worm” Rodman... But let's dig a little deeper...

 

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First things first... ONE WORD: Rebounds! Two years of his career he averaged over 18 rebounds per game, and had a career average of 13.1 rebounds per game.  Rodman led the NBA for most rebounds for 7 consecutive seasons, and is one of seven players to grab at least 4,000 offensive rebounds throughout his career. He is also 11th in the rebounds per game average of all time.

 

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In a nutshell... Rodman at a glance: In 14 NBA seasons, Rodman played in 911 games, scored 6,683 points and grabbed 11,954 rebounds, translating to 7.3 points and 13.1 rebounds per game in only 31.7 minutes played per game. NBA.com lauds Rodman as "arguably the best rebounding forward in NBA history and one of the most recognized athletes in the world"!

 

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If the show fits... try another one on? Rodman was recognized as the prototype bizarre player, always keeping it interesting on and off of the court... stunning basketball fans with his ever-changing hair colors, numerous tattoos and body piercings, multiple verbal and physical assaults on officials, ejections from the floor, and his, ummmmm,  tumultuous private life... Grow tall, mighty flower, in a garden of weeds, right?

 

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Rodman made himself eligible for the 1986 NBA draft. He was drafted by the Detroit Pistons as the 3rd pick in the second round (27th overall), joining the rugged team of coach Chuck Daly that was called "Bad Boys" for their hard-nosed approach to basketball. The squad featured Isiah Thomas and Joe Dumars at the guard positions, Adrian Dantley and Sidney Green at forward, and center Bill Laimbeer. Bench players who played more than 15 minutes per game were sixth man Vinnie Johnson and the backup forwards Rick Mahorn and John Salley. Rodman fit well into this ensemble, providing 6.5 points, 4.7 rebounds and some tough defense in 15.0 minutes of playing time per game.

 

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While attending South Oak Cliff High School, Rodman was a gym class student of future Texas A&M basketball coach Gary Blair. Blair coached Rodman's sisters Debra and Kim, winning three state championships. However, Rodman was not considered an athletic standout. According to Rodman, he was "unable to hit a layup" and was listed in the high school basketball teams, but was either benched or cut from the squads.

 

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Measuring only as a freshman in high school, he also failed to make the football teams and was "totally devastated". After finishing school, Rodman worked as an overnight janitor at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. He then experienced a sudden growth spurt and decided to try basketball again despite becoming even more withdrawn because he felt odd in his own body.

Apart from basketball, Rodman is a retired part-time professional wrestler and actor. He was a member of the nWo and fought alongside Hulk Hogan at two Bash at the Beach events. He had his own TV show The Rodman World Tour, and had lead roles in the action films Double Team (1997) and Simon Sez (1999). Both films were critically panned, with the former earning Rodman a triple Razzie Award. He appeared in several reality TV series and was the winner of the $222,000 main prize of the 2004 edition of Celebrity Mole. Rodman won the first ever Celebrity Championship Wrestling tournament.

 

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So what's up with Dennis in 2016... you know... living life. HE recently stopped in to the NY Jets training camp to offer up his words of wisdom... have a look:

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