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Tempers Flare between Frank Brickowski, Dennis Rodman and the 1996 Bulls!

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Dennis Rodman played at the small forward position in his early years before becoming a power forward. He earned NBA All-Defensive First Team honors seven times and won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award twice. He also led the NBA in rebounds per game for a record seven consecutive years and won five NBA championships. His biography at NBA.com states that he is "arguably the best rebounding forward in NBA history". On April 1, 2011, the Pistons retired Rodman's No. 10 jersey, and he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame later that year...So it is pretty clear why so many respect the force that is Dennis Rodman. The numbers don't lie and he clearly far exceeded everyone's expectations in so many different categories!

Now this video clip shed light on a different area of discussion. Dennis Rodman doing what Dennis Rodman does!  His "taunt" tactic is priceless in this video clip... the flat stare! Also at the end of the interview check out what Dennis has to say about opponents getting "into his head"! Dennis surely gained quite the reputation on and off of the court and his "antics" have never ceased to amaze his onlookers. You can always count on any given situation to be filled with that certain something when Dennis is involved. But this story isn't just about Dennis. There is another key player here. And that player would be Frank Brickowski.

 

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On September 23, 1984, Frank Brickowski signed with the Seattle Supersonics and arrived in the league3 years after he was drafted. He had 2 pretty good seasons and then signed with the LA Lakers but only played there for part of a season before being served up to the Spurs. Brickowski only played 7 games the rest of that season but he played 3 more decent seasons for the Spurs, including scoring a career-high 16 points per game during the 1987–88 season. Fast forward to 1996...Brickowski signed on for a second go-round with Seattle and he became a dominant 3 point man! He was hitting 32 of 79 (.405) and helped Seattle make it to the 1996 NBA Finals against Chicago Bulls. During that series, Frank became notorious in his very physical defense against Dennis Rodman that led to several technical and flagrant fouls. See where this is going??!!  After a season with Seattle, he signed as a free agent with the Boston Celtics on August 1, 1996. After only 17 games, he was released on July 7, 1997, and retired, holding career averages of 10 points, 5 rebounds and two assists per game, in 731 contests. One year after he retired in 1997, Brickowski joined a team of retired NBA players on a tour of China for a series of exhibition games against the Chinese national team. Brickowski currently works with the NBA Players Association and lives in Lake Oswego, Oregon.

~So back to that physical playoff round in 1996 with Seattle versus the Bulls...that is where our fingers are pointing with this piece! Clearly, Rodman and Brickowski had something going on in this series... But check out the way Dennis chooses to handle the situation. Yeah, they both got ejected... but this is some CLASSIC RODMAN right here!

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