Dennis Rodman is one of the most enigmatic and interesting people to ever have played basketball. He looks back on his life with contentment.
Rodman began playing basketball after he finished high school and had joined community college. He became so good at the sport that he earned a D1 scholarship to play his way through college.
The NBA beckoned, and the Detroit Pistons reposed their faith in him by selecting him in the 1986 draft. He soon played his way into coach Chuck Daly’s plans with his defensive energy and presence.
Rodman played a crucial part for the Pistons in their 3 Finals runs from 1987 to 1990. They were mainly tested by the Bulls in 1990. Rodman was given the responsibility of guarding Jordan for much of their 4 playoff battles with each other.
As fate would have it, the Detroit dynasty became older and soon, Rodman was traded to San Antonio. He went off the rails for a bit during his time in Texas. Many people don’t know this, but Rodman sabotaged his Spurs teams by not giving his best in the playoffs.
These attitude problems made him basically untouchable across the NBA by head coaches and front offices. The Bulls and Phil Jackson, however, took a chance on him and enacted a trade to bring him to Chicago.
Rodman would prove to be a vital component of the Bulls’ second threepeat from 1996 to 1998.
“I turned 60 and I’m like, wow, I’m still here”: Dennis Rodman
The Hall of Famer now leads a much more subdued life away from the bright media lights of his playing days. He’s currently in South Florida and was interviewed by a local TV network as he turned 60 in May.
Dennis Rodman has had a mercurial life, but he knows that a few steps here or there could’ve changed it for the worse. He acknowledged this in the interview:
“I’m surprised I’m still here because a lot of people thought I would be dead at 40, 45, 50, 55. I turned 60 and I’m like, wow, I’m still here. Someone has a hand on my shoulder saying you have a lot left to fulfill something for people around the world.”