Today on May 13, it’s time to officially celebrate the 60th birthday of an NBA icon. You either love him or you hate him, but there is no denying that Dennis Rodman was ahead of his time.
Rodman is a five-time NBA champion who played with a type of swagger and personality that we haven’t seen since. With nicknames like “Dennis the Menace” or “The Worm,” Rodman will be remembered on the court for his wild hair colors, tattoos, and piercings; his “bad boy” personality and sensational rebounding skills; and his ability to guard all five players on the opposing team.
Speaking of bad boys, Dennis Rodman was a part of the intimidating Detroit Piston “Bad Boys” in the late 1980s. As a part of the team, he played alongside Bill Laimbeer, Isaiah Thomas, and Kevin McHale, just to name a few. Rodman was a key part of the team’s physical and defensive-oriented style of play, which eventually led to their infamous nickname.
Meanwhile, Rodman went on to have even more success with the San Antonio Spurs and the Chicago Bulls. Most probably remember him from winning three straight championships with Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen as members of the Bulls from 1996 to 1998.
But when it is all said and done, Dennis Rodman is a Hall of Famer who was ahead of his time. Standing at 6’7″, not only was he a great passer and screener, he was pulling down 20 rebounds a game and he could also guard both point guards and centers. If he had a more developed jump shot, Rodman would have been exactly the kind of position-less athlete that teams look for in the modern-day NBA.
Dennis Rodman Off the Court
For as memorable as he was on the court, Dennis Rodman’s “bad boy” antics have followed him off the court as well.
It is no secret that he went through three separate divorces in a 15-year span. Rodman was also known to have owed nearly $1 million in child support at one point. Legal troubles also got the best of the lockdown defender. In his post-NBA life, Rodman has struggled with alcohol abuse along with gambling issues as well.
Most recently, however, Rodman has been doing his best to keep his name alive. He is famously very close friends with the dictator of the communist country of North Korea. Word around the block is that Kim Jong-Un is a big fan of professional basketball.
At this point, it seems like Dennis Rodman doesn’t really care about what people think of him. He will likely always be viewed as the “bad boy” of the NBA and it seems like he is just fine with that.