Dennis Rodman is a retired Hall of Fame professional basketball player, who played for the Detroit Pistons, San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, and Dallas Mavericks in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Born in Trenton, New Jersey, he was nicknamed “The Worm” and was known for his fierce defensive and rebounding abilities.
Playing small forward in his early years before becoming a power forward, Rodman earned NBA All-Defensive First Team honors seven times and was voted NBA Defensive Player of the Year twice. Dennis Rodman led the NBA in rebounds per game for a record seven consecutive years and won five NBA championships. His biography at NBA.com states that he is “arguably the best rebounding forward in NBA history.” On April 1, 2011, the Pistons retired Rodman’s No. 10 jersey, and he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame later that year.
Dennis Rodman experienced an unhappy childhood and was shy and introverted in his early years. After aborting a suicide attempt in 1993, he reinvented himself as a “bad boy” and became notorious for numerous controversial antics. He repeatedly dyed his hair in artificial colors, had many piercings and tattoos, and regularly disrupted games by clashing with opposing players and officials. He famously wore a wedding dress to promote his 1996 autobiography Bad As I Wanna Be. Dennis Rodman pursued a high-profile affair with singer Madonna and was briefly married to actress Carmen Electra.
Apart from basketball, Dennis Rodman is a retired part-time professional wrestler and actor. He was a member of the nWo and fought alongside Hulk Hogan at two Bash at the Beach events. He had his own TV show The Dennis Rodman World Tour, and had lead roles in the action films Simon Sez and Double Team alongside Jean-Claude Van Damme. Both films were critically panned, with the latter earning Dennis Rodman a triple Razzie Award. He appeared in several reality TV series and was the winner of the $222,000 main prize of the 2004 edition of Celebrity Mole. Dennis Rodman won the first ever Celebrity Championship Wrestling tournament.
After his NBA career, Rodman took a long break from basketball and concentrated on his film career and on wrestling.
After a longer hiatus, Dennis Rodman returned to play basketball for the Long Beach Jam of the newly-formed American Basketball Association during the 2003–2004 season, with hopes of being called up to the NBA midseason. In the following 2004–2005 season, he signed with the ABA’s Orange County Crush and the following season with the league’s Tijuana Dragons. After retiring from wrestling, Dennis Rodman became Commissioner of the Lingerie Football League in 2005. The return to the NBA never materialized, but on January 26, 2006, it was announced that Dennis Rodman had signed a one-game “experiment” deal for the UK basketball team Brighton Bears of the British Basketball League to play Guildford Heat on January 28, and went on to play three games for the Bears.
In spring 2006, Dennis Rodman played two exhibition games in the Philippines along with NBA ex-stars Darryl Dawkins, Kevin Willis, Calvin Murphy, Otis Birdsong and Alex English. In 2005, Dennis Rodman made two visits to Finland. At first, he was present at Sonkajärvi in July in a wife-carrying contest. However, he resigned from the contest due to health problems. In November, he played one match for Torpan Pojat of the Finland’s basketball league, Korisliiga. That same year, Dennis Rodman published his second autobiography, I Should Be Dead By Now, and promoted this by sitting in a coffin.
On April 4, 2011, it was announced that Dennis Rodman would be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
On February 26, 2013, Dennis Rodman made a trip to the reclusive North Korea with Vice magazine to host basketball exhibitions. He met North Korea supreme leader Kim Jong-un, leading many reporters to speculate that Rodman was the first American that Kim had met. Dennis Rodman and his travel party were the first known Americans to have met Kim. He later called Kim “his friend”.
How Dennis Rodman Made His Money – Basketball
Estimated Net Worth: $-1 Million
Birthday: May 13, 1961
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