Dennis Rodman, who was born on May 13, 1961, is a former professional basketball player. He played for five professional basketball teams during his career, including the Detroit Pistons and the Chicago Bulls. He was a two-time All-Star who helped the Bulls win five NBA titles. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011.
Here are 10 interesting facts about the Hall of Fame basketball player:
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As many people know, he was a ferocious rebounder. His career NBA average for rebounds is 13.1 rebounds per game. He managed to lead the league in rebounds for seven consecutive years. According to his biography at NBA.com, he is “arguably the best rebounding forward in NBA history.”
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The Detroit Pistons, the team that he played for from 1986 to 1993, retired his jersey on April 1, 2011. As for the jersey that he wore when he was a member of the Bulls, it will likely be retired in the future.
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One interesting fact that many people do not know about Rodman is that he experienced a difficult childhood. He was also shy and did not have many friends.
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In 1993, he almost committed suicide. He was in his early 30s at the time. After deciding not to kill himself, he became one of the most controversial athletes in America. For instance, he often dyed his hair, and had many piercings. Other basketball players and officials had a difficult time getting along with him.
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Another interesting fact is that he promoted his autobiography Bad As I Wanna Be in a funny fashion. More specifically, he wore a wedding dress to promote his book.
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The famous basketball player has been in relationships with two female celebrities. The two celebrities that he has dated are Madonna and Carmen Electra.
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He has been in a number of movies, including Simon Sez and Double Team which was with Jean-Claude Van Damme. Film critics gave both films negative reviews. Rodman received three Razzie Awards for his performance in the latter movie.
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Another interesting fact is that the former basketball player was a member of seven All-Defensive First Teams.
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Rodman has been a recent friend of Kim Jong-un. The United States Department of the Treasury has investigated whether or not gifts Rodman has given his new friend were legal because they were reportedly worth thousands of dollars.
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The last fact is that Rodman helped an Irish gambling company take bets on whether the pope after Pope Benedict XVI would be black. In the words of Rodman, “It’s a gambling website, and it’s about people who are going to bet on the new pope, and if he’s black, you get your money back.”
“Dennis Rodman Biography,” Biography.com.
“Dennis Rodman,” Basketball-Reference.com.
“Dennis Rodman Official Website,” Dennis Rodman.