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Keith Rodman (born May 13, 1961 in Trenton, New Jersey) was a professional
basketball player mostly known for his controversial antics on and off
the court and as a top defender and rebounder.
When he entered the NBA in 1986, he was listed as 6' 8"
(2.03 m), although he was actually 6' 5" (1.98 m). Rodman played
one of the most physical positions in basketball at power forward, and
despite giving up as much as half a foot in some matchups, was considered
perhaps the top rebounder of his generation, and one of the best defenders
at his position.
Rodman, who grew up in Dallas, Texas, was far from a basketball
prospect as a high-schooler; he only became a prospect when he grew 11
inches (27 cm) in one year late in his teenage years. After a stint in
junior college, he played for Southeastern Oklahoma State University,
an NAIA school. There, he was a good scorer as well as a good rebounder.
The Detroit Pistons took sufficient notice of him to select him in the
second round of the 1986 NBA Draft. At that time, the Pistons were an
up-and-coming team led by Isiah Thomas at point guard, Joe Dumars at shooting
guard, and Bill Laimbeer at center. They had notable role players in Adrian
Dantley, Vinnie Johnson, John Salley, and Rick Mahorn. Rodman's intensity
was a perfect fit for a team known for its rough style of play and tenacious
defense. The Pistons were knocked out of the playoffs in 1987 by their
nemesis Boston Celtics, although Rodman did a decent job of guarding their
star player, Larry Bird.
In 1991 the Pistons were jolted when they were swept by
the Bulls in the Eastern Conference finals. Rodman led the team in rebounding,
but it wasn't enough. Rodman would have to raise his level of play, and
In 1992, Rodman was phenomenal, averaging over 18 rebounds
a game as he won the first of seven straight rebounding titles. Rodman
didn't overpower or outreach opponents. Instead, he used an almost scientific
approach to calculate how the ball would ricochet off the basket to be
in prime position to grab it. 1993 was Rodman's second top rebounding
season, but his last with the Pistons. In the offseason he was traded
to the San Antonio Spurs for Sean Elliott.
In San Antonio, Rodman's famous "wild side"
really came out. His off-court life, including a brief but heavily-publicized
relationship with Madonna, and on-court antics, such as dying his hair,
proved too much for the Spurs. The last straw was when he failed to arrive
with the rest of the team for the critical fifth game of the conference
finals. Rodman's last straw may have arrived before this point. He was
found sitting in his pickup truck with a loaded shotgun one night in the
Spurs' parking lot. Rodman claimed in one of his two autobiographies that
night was when he sold the old Dennis and let the new Dennis emerge.
Rodman left Chicago after the season as the Bulls started
a massive rebuilding phase. He also finished his last major season, as
he would only have brief stints with the Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles
Lakers. Rodman was the premier rebounder of the nineties with seven straight
titles, and matched up defensively with players ranging from Michael Jordan,
Scottie Pippen, Magic Johnson, and Larry Bird to Shaquille O'Neal, Alonzo
Mourning, Shawn Kemp, Karl Malone, and Charles Barkley. His most impressive
feat was during the '96 Eastern Conference Finals against the Orlando
Magic, when the 6 ft 6 in, 210 pound (95 kg) Rodman shut down the 6 ft
10 in, 235 pound (107 kg) Horace Grant and helped contain the 7 ft 1 in,
330 pound (150 kg) O'Neal, key to the Bulls' eventual sweep of the defending
Eastern Conference champs. It has recently been rumoured that he plans
to play with the Tijuana Dragons of the American Basketball Association.