On Saturday, August 13, 2011, Dennis Rodman was accepted in the NBA Hall of Fame.
Joining Rodman during the 2011 induction were former Dream Team member Chris Mullin, Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer, Tex Winter, innovator of the triangle offense, and Philadelphia University’s Herb Magee. Also on the list is longtime NBA and ABA star Artis Gilmore; former Portland Trail Blazers center Arvydas Sabonis; Olympic gold medalist Teresa Edwards; Harlem Globetrotter Reece “Goose” Tatum; and Boston Celtic Tom “Satch” Sanders.
Yet it was Rodman who stole the day.
Check out his acceptance speech.
There are many who may question the validity of the eccentric Rodman’s journey into the NBA Hall of Fame. However no one can deny the fact that Dennis Rodman came to play every night and he did so with the type of energy and work ethic any coach would welcome on their team.
Here are 7 facts about Hall of Famer, Dennis Rodman.
1. Born in Trenton, New Jersey, Rodman was nicknamed “Dennis the Menace” and “The Worm” and was known for his fierce defense and rebounding abilities.
2. Rodman was a 2nd round (3rd pick, 27th overall) draft pick of the Detroit Pistons in 1986.
3. Dennis Rodman played in the NBA for 14 years with the Detroit Pistons, San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks.
5. Rodman led the NBA in rebounds per game for a record seven consecutive years and won five NBA championships (1989, 1990, 1996, 1997, 1998).
6. Career Stats: Points (6,683), Rebounds (11,954), Assists (1600)
7. On April 1, 2011, the Pistons retired Rodman’s #10 jersey.
Congratulations to Dennis Rodman on your Hall of Fame Honor.