Dennis Rodman

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Basketball player
Dennis Rodman
Dennis Rodman (2005)
Player information
birthday 13th May 1961 (age 59)
place of birth Trenton , New Jersey , United States
size 201 cm
Weight 103 kg
position Power forward
college Southeastern Oklahoma State
NBA draft 1986 , 27th Pick, Detroit Pistons
Jersey number 10, 91, 73, 70
Clubs as active
1986-1993 United StatesUnited States Detroit Pistons
1993-1995 United StatesUnited States San Antonio Spurs
1995-1998 United StatesUnited States Chicago Bulls
000001999 United StatesUnited States Los Angeles Lakers
000002000 United StatesUnited States Dallas Mavericks

Dennis Keith Rodman (born May 13, 1961 in Trenton , New Jersey ) is a retired American basketball player . Between 1986 and 2000 he played in the North American NBA for the Detroit Pistons (1986-1993), the San Antonio Spurs (1993-1995), the Chicago Bulls (1995-1998), the Los Angeles Lakers (1998/99) and the Dallas Mavericks (1999/2000).

Rodman led the NBA as best rebounder seven times and was honored twice with the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award . He also took part in the NBA All-Star Game twice. Rodman, also known by the nickname The Worm , has won the NBA five times, twice with the Detroit Pistons and three times with the Chicago Bulls. In 2011 he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame . He is considered one of the best defenders and rebounders in NBA history.

life and career

Dennis Rodman was born in New Jersey but grew up in a council estate in South Oak Cliff, a neighborhood in Dallas , Texas. His mother Shirley raised him and his two younger sisters Debra and Kim alone after his father Philander left the family in 1964.

Rodman played for the Detroit Pistons from 1986 to 1993 . The team was known for their excellent defense and their rough play. With the Pistons he won the NBA championship in 1989 and 1990.

In 1993 Rodman moved to the San Antonio Spurs and for the 1995/96 season to the successful Chicago Bulls team led by Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen . Bolstered by Rodman, the Chicago Bulls made NBA history. As the first team in the league, Jordan won over 70 regular season games and finally the championship in 1995/96. With 72 victories against 10 defeats, the Bulls held the NBA record for most wins in a season until this in the season 2015/16 by the Golden State Warriors was broken. In the following two years, the Bulls were able to successfully defend the championship.

Rodman contributed as the best rebounder in the league, through his very good defensive performances and his willingness to fight his share of the outstanding team performance of the basketball players from Chicago. He became a rebound champion seven times and achieved a career average of 13.1 rebounds per game. In the period after Jordan's retirement, he tried repeatedly to gain a foothold in the NBA, including the Los Angeles Lakers, but never made it. So he ended his career after a last attempt at the Dallas Mavericks in 2000.

Rodman contributed 11 offensive rebounds in the last game of the 1996 NBA Finals, which is a record. In the second game in the same series, he had booked 11 rebounds and ultimately set the series record for a series of six games.

Between 1997 and 1999 he appeared in the former wrestling league WCW (World Championship Wrestling), in which he joined the nWo , a group led by "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan , and thus helped the league again to high ratings and sold out halls . In 1998 his NBA colleague Karl Malone followed him to the WCW. On July 12, 1998 both met in a tag team match at the "Bash at the Beach", Karl Malone teamed up with the wrestler DDP , while Rodman teamed up with Hollywood Hogan. A year later, Rodman made his last appearance for the WCW at the "Road Wild" event. In a match without rules he was defeated by "Macho Man" Randy Savage . The success of WCW through the appearances of Rodman led to many other stars appearing in wrestling leagues (ex .: 1998 Mike Tyson or Arnold Schwarzenegger in the WWE ). He also won the 2008 Champion Belt at Hulk Hogan 's Celebrity Championship Wrestling .

On September 28, 1992, he married Annie Bakes, with whom he has a daughter named Alexis. The marriage ended in divorce in 1993. From November 14, 1998 to April 6, 1999 he was married to the actress Carmen Electra for the second time . From 2003 to 2012 he was married to Michelle Moyer, with whom he has two children.

On April 4, 2011 Rodman was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame along with Chris Mullin, among others .

On April 5, 2011, the Pistons announced that Rodman's jersey number 10 will no longer be awarded. To mark the occasion, Rodman's jersey was symbolically hung under the ceiling of the Pistons in a ceremony during the half-time break of the Pistons' game against the Chicago Bulls. Rodman himself attended the ceremony.

Player profile

Rodman was considered a bad boy of the NBA , because he repeatedly attracted attention through very rowdy behavior and insults - on and off the basketball court. Because of his escapades, he was sometimes called "the Menace" (German "the danger" or "the threat"). Rodman also attracted attention for his eccentric hair colors.

North Korea visits

Rodman visited North Korea in late February 2013 . There he also met the dictator Kim Jong-un , whom Rodman described as a "friend for life". Rodman was later accused of having handled the visit irresponsibly and neglecting the political background, given the tense situation. That same year he went to North Korea for the second time to visit Kim Jong-un.

The trips were funded by the Irish betting company Paddy Power , the media company Vice and the television channel HBO .

Another trip - his fifth - in June 2017 was possibly for diplomatic purposes. It was developed by PotCoin, service for the same cryptocurrency for legitimate cannabis businesses financed.


Rodman in 2001

In 2005, long-term vegetarian Rodman was the first man to pose for an anti- fur campaign run by the animal welfare organization PETA .

Achievements and Awards


  • 1989 NBA Championship ( Detroit Pistons )
  • 1990 NBA Championship (Detroit Pistons)
  • NBA Championship 1996 ( Chicago Bulls )
  • 1997 NBA Championship (Chicago Bulls)
  • 1998 NBA Championship (Chicago Bulls)



Documentary films

  • Collin Offland: Dennis and the Dictator - A US Idol on a Peace Mission in North Korea , Documentary, WDR , 2017


  • Dennis Rodman, Tim Keown: The clearer. (Original title: Bad as I wanna be. ) Deutscher Taschenbuch-Verlag, Munich 1996, ISBN 3-423-15110-2 .
  • Dennis Rodman, Michael Silver: Walk on the wild side. Deutscher Taschenbuch-Verlag, Munich 1997, ISBN 3-423-24116-0 .
  • Dennis Rodman, Jack Isenhour: I should be dead by now. Sports Publishing, Champaign (Illinois) 2006, ISBN 1-59670-152-8 .

See also

Web links

Commons : Dennis Rodman  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Dennis Rodman Career Stats. In: Internet Archive, March 3, 2011, accessed May 23, 2020 .
  2. ^ The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame :: Dennis Rodman. In: Retrieved May 23, 2020 (English).
  3. Rodman, Dennis / Keown, Tim , The Cleaner. Bad as I want to be. 3rd edition 1996, p. 22.
  4. Rodman, Dennis / Keown, Tim , The Cleaner. Bad as I want to be. 3rd edition 1996, p. 25.
  5. Career statistics ( Memento from March 3, 2011 in the Internet Archive )
  6. ^ Pistons plan to retire Rodman's number ( Memento from February 14, 2011 in the Internet Archive )
  7. ^ Pistons to retire Rodman's # 10
  8. ^ Report on the ESPN website , accessed April 5, 2011.
  9. Rodman: "Kim Jong Un is a great guy" ( Memento from March 4, 2013 in the Internet Archive ), from March 1, 2013.
  10. Rodman and Kim Jong Un: "You have a friend for life" , of February 28, 2013.
  11. Dennis Rodman visits buddy Kim. , September 3, 2013, accessed on September 25, 2017.
  12. Dennis Rodman at Buddy Kim. "We are friends for life". Spiegel Online , September 7, 2013, accessed September 25, 2017.
  13. Thomas Klemm: Greetings to Pyongyang. FAZ.NET , December 22, 2013, accessed on September 25, 2017.
  14. The door opener. Spiegel Online, June 13, 2017, accessed September 25, 2017.
  15. ^ Dennis Rodman Heads Back to North Korea. ( Memento from June 14, 2017 in the Internet Archive ).
  16. ^ Vegetarian Athletes: Dennis Rodman - Basket Ball Player // Animals Australia Unleashed. Retrieved October 17, 2018 .
  17. ^ Naked Dennis Rodman Urges Fashionistas to 'Think Ink, Not Mink'. April 22, 2009, Retrieved February 5, 2020 (American English).
  18. Dennis and the Dictator. WDR, Die Story , February 22, 2017.