Steve Kerr believes Dennis Rodman would miss shots intentionally to get extra rebounds while on the Chicago Bulls alongside Michael Jordan.
Rebounding is perhaps one of the most underrated numbers on general stat sheets that we have today. This is of course due to the recent surge in triple doubles from guys like Russell Westbrook and Luka Doncic who many claim have turned the stat into somewhat of an obsolete number as they are criticized for stat padding.
However, rebounding at its core is used to stop the opposing team for gaining another shot at the basket and more importantly, used to generate an extra possession for your own team on the offensive end of the floor.
Talking about the art of rebounding without mentioning Dennis Rodman is something that simply cannot be done. Over a seven-year span, the 5x champion averaged no less than 14.9 rebounds, leading the league in rebounding over guys like Charles Barkley and Hakeem Olajuwon.
Steve Kerr says Dennis Rodman would take too much pride in scoring 0 points and having more rebounds.
Steve Kerr and Dennis Rodman would team up together on the Chicago Bulls during the franchise’s second 3-peat of the decade. Both provided equally valuable and specialist skillsets as the former would help space the floor while the latter would crash the glass and defend at an extremely high level.
Steve Kerr spoke about Rodman and how he approached the game of basketball. “I think he took great pride in not scoring. I mean when we were in Chicago together, he would have games where he would get an offensive rebound and literally have a layup and he would just throw it back out. I think he was hoping that we would miss another shot so he could get another one.”
The stats do back up what Steve Kerr has to say as he would have games where he’d grab 20+ rebounds and score less than 5 points in the same contest. Rodman would push this to its limit as he once recorded 28 rebounds in a game while scoring 0 points.
This is no surprise coming from a man who claimed to have intensely studied the angles at which the ball would ricochet off the backboard and off the rim.
Dennis Rodman was in no way a prolific scorer but the intensity he brought on the defensive end of the floor, guarding players down-low who had a considerable height advantage over him, and doing the same with his OREBS on the other end of the floor, is unmatched.