Dennis Rodman is one of the most iconic NBA players of all time, and certainly the G.O.A.T defensive player in the NBA history. In the '90s, along with the Great Michael Jordan and the Bulls, every kid in the city was a Rodman fan. Watching them winning the God-like six times championship was truly an inspirational time to be alive. Although Dennis Rodman was there for only three of the championships, we can comfortably say that the bull would not have achieved its six championships without Rodman.
He was the Defensive and rebound beast that completed the most dominant trio of all time, The Red Assault (with Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen).
Now...outside the basketball court, it was a whole different story. You couldn’t avoid hearing about Rodman's wild personal life and his colorful personality.
“I have this fantasy that I can live my life like a tiger in the jungle―eating whatever I want, having sex whenever I want, and roaming around butt naked, wild and free...It sounds difficult and complicated, but it doesn’t have to be. Everything you need to set yourself free is right there inside you.”
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'BAD BOYS PISTONS'
Back in the days, when Rodman was playing for the Detroit Pistons, his hair cut featured the words, "Trilogy III" shaved on the back of his head.
Playing against the Boston Celtics, Rodman was referencing the team's bid for a third straight NBA championship.
Unfortunately the Bad Boys Pistons fell short.
When Rodman was playing for the Piston's his aggressive defensive power was already extremely dominant in the league, And the Pistons were called the "Bad Boys" for a reason: Aggressive dirty plays.
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In the 1993–94 season, Rodman joined a Spurs team that was built around perennial All-Star center David Robinson, with a supporting cast of forwards Dale Ellis, Willie Anderson and guard Vinny Del Negro. On the hardwood, Rodman now was played as a power forward and won his third straight rebounding title, averaging 17.3 boards per game, along with another All-Defensive Team call-up. Living up to his promise of killing the "shy imposter" and "being himself" instead, Rodman began to show first signs of unconventional behavior: before the first game, he shaved his hair and dyed it blonde, which was followed up by stints with red, purple, blue hair and a look inspired from the film Demolition Man.
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Back in the days, before social media was a thing, increasing awareness and showing support was so much harder. Rodman, not only as a basketball player but also as a celebrity, showed his support by dyeing the AIDS ribbon into his hair.
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'CHICAGO BULLS ERA'
Prior to the 1995–96 season, Rodman was traded to the Chicago Bulls of perennial scoring champion Michael Jordan for center Will Perdue to fill a large void at power forward left by Horace Grant, who left the Bulls prior to the 1994–95 season. Given Rodman could not use the 10 jersey as the Bulls had retired it for Bob Love, and the NBA denied him the reversion 01, Rodman instead picked the number 91, whose digits add up to 10. Although the trade for the already 34-year-old and volatile Rodman was considered a gamble at that time, the power forward quickly adapted to his new environment, helped by the fact that his best friend Jack Haley was also traded to the Bulls. Under coach Phil Jackson, he averaged 5.5 points and 14.9 rebounds per game, winning yet another rebounding title, and was part of the great Bulls team that won 72 of 82 regular season games, an NBA record at the time. About playing next to the iconic Jordan and co-star Scottie Pippen, Rodman said:
"On the court, me and Michael are pretty calm and we can handle conversation. But as far as our lives go, I think he is moving in one direction and I'm going in the other. I mean, he's goin' north, I'm goin' south. And then you've got Scottie Pippen right in the middle. He's sort of the equator."
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Rodman points out a position to a teammate in a Bulls' game against the Washington Bullets.
The GOAT trying to calm The WORM down after being called for a technical foul for abusive language in a game against the Seattle SuperSonics.
Rodman during a game against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Rodman had a new 'do to show off during a game against the Los Angeles Lakers.
13 days after his 36th birthday, Rodman rocked a blonde barnet with stripes of red and blue.
Rodman starred in "Double Team," a film co-starring Jean-Claude Van Damme.
Was wild. Is wild. Will be Wild.
Playoff game against the Charlotte Hornets.
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Rodman at an event at Club Liquid in Miami.
After the 1997–98 season, the Bulls started a massive rebuilding phase, largely at the behest of then-general manager Jerry Krause. Head coach Phil Jackson and several members of the team left via free agency or retirement, including Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Steve Kerr, and Jud Buechler. Rodman was released by the Bulls on January 21, 1999, before the start of the lockout-shortened 1998–99 season.
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With his sister acting as his agent at the time, Rodman joined the Los Angeles Lakers, for a pro-rated salary for the remainder of the 1998–1999 season. With the Lakers he played in only 23 games and was released.