100 days of hoops

Day 73: Bad As He Wanna Be

Dedicated to the only NBA or ABA player ever to wear the number 73 on his jersey, Dennis Keith Rodman.  “The Worm” led the NBA in rebounds for seven years straight and won five NBA Championships.  He colored his hair to call attention to AIDS.  He also dressed in a bridal gown for his wedding and is claimed to be really close friends with the United States’ most imminent nuclear war threat, Kim Jong Un.  He’s all over the place; on and off the court.  He is the ultimate “Bad Boy.”

“I go out with white women. This makes a lot of people unhappy, mostly black women.”

“At least 50 times. I’ve jumped off a building, jumped off a cliff in a car. I’ve been in bedrooms when women came in with knives and guns.”

Friggin’ insane!  Here’s one more:

“I couldn’t care less if the guy I’m guarding has HIV.  I’m going to slam him anyway.”

These “Dennis the Menace” quotes (and picture below) display just how ruthless and extremely bold he was.

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“If I want to wear a dress, I’ll wear a dress” – Dennis Rodman.  Photo courtesy of CNN.com

Rodman was crazy, unique and different.  Let’s just call it what it is.  However,  the 2-Time Defensive Player of the Year channeled that perception and embraced it to produce historic results.  Probably the greatest hustler of all-time, 2nd-round pick was a problem for opposing teams down low.  From his 1991-92 season with the Detroit Pistons to the 1997-98 season with the Chicago Bulls, he led the league in rebounds every single year at an whopping average of 16.7 rebounds per game.  He tallied 7,888 total rebounds over the course of those 7 seasons with 3 different franchises.  Incredible!  Rodman quoted, “I want to do for rebounds what Michael Jordan did for dunks.”  He finished his career with a total of 11,954 rebounds.  He currently ranks 23rd all time in total rebounds.  El Loco won 5 NBA Championships.  Two with the Detroit Pistons (1988-89, 1989-90) and a three-peat with Chicago Bulls (1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98).  He is the prime example of finding what it is you are good at, being the best at it and leaving it all on the floor.

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Rodman “laying out” for a rebound. Photo courtesy of Viral Hoops.

Rodman produced.  Regardless of what image he may have obtained from the media and critics, he produced results.  Results > Image.  His resume shows.  We here at Hardwood Features tip our hats to those who produce.  We show appreciation to the only player to ever sport the number 73 on a jersey.  He definitely chose to go against the flow.

Some other Dennis Rodman quotes:

“They say Elvis is dead.  I say no you’re looking at him.  Elvis isn’t dead; he just changed color.”

“I spent my whole childhood looking for an escape.”

“Fifty percent of the life in the N.B.A. is sex.  The other fifty percent is money.”

“I’ll be the judge of my on manliness.”

 

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