Dennis Rodman Revealed Lakers Legend Was his Toughest Matchup Despite Being the Same Size

Nithin Joseph
|Published 12/01/2023

Dennis Rodman is one of the greatest defenders of all time. However, he met his match when he faced off against James Worthy. 

In 1986, the Detroit Pistons lucked into one of the greatest defenders of all time. Dennis Rodman joined the Bad Boys after being selected in the second round.

An absolute beast on the court, The Worm was a superb defender and a tenacious rebounder. There was no one who could get past the 6’7″ forward.

However, there was one man that matched up brilliantly against the four-time NBA Champion. Lakers legend, James Worthy was the toughest matchup he faced.

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Dennis Rodman found a worthy adversary in LA Lakers legend James Worthy

There can be no denying that Dennis Rodman is a great defender. The Worm was a nightmare for most offenses in the NBA.

That being said, there were times when Rodman faced some tough matchups. Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, and Shaquille O’Neal, all were difficult. But, according to Rodman his toughest matchup of all time was Lakers legend James Worthy.

“Usually, the guys I defended were bigger than me. But Worthy matched up height-wise, and I still couldn’t guard his a**. He’d come off a screen, and I’d try to see if he was going over the top or underneath. Next thing I knew, he was at the rim.”

James Worthy certainly was a problem. The man averaged 17 points per game, and there was nothing Dennis could do to stop him.

James Worthy once claimed Rodman would eat Draymond Green alive

Over the years, many have compared Draymond Green to Dennis Rodman. Including, Green himself. However, The Worm’s greatest opponent, James Worthy claims that Draymond would get eaten alive by the Hall of Famer.

Rodman’s greatness is undeniable. There have been very few people who can compare to him, and it is unlikely we will ever see another player of his standards.

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Nithin Joseph

Nithin Joseph

Sports has been a huge part of Nithin's life ever since he was 10 years old. He is currently pursuing his MBA in Sports Management and as such has attempted to immerse himself in a variety of professional sports and sports leagues like the Premier League, NBA, and NFL. Having previously worked as a WWE content writer, Nithin now writes about the NBA, being a supporter of the Miami Heat and basketball as a sport.

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