Dennis Rodman Inducted Into Hall of FameCategory: Basketball
Famous for his “bad boy” image and numerous controversial antics, voters to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame decided to look beyond that and focused on what Dennis Rodman has contributed to the game of basketball.
Having played for 14 NBA seasons, the eccentric and colorful power forward was one of the best rebounders in NBA history. He was also a fierce defender often defending the other team’s best player. Rodman earned NBA All-Defensive First Team honors seven times and was voted NBA Defensive Player of the Year twice. He also led the NBA in rebounds per game for a record seven consecutive years.
Most importantly, he was a key component for the Chicago Bulls and Detroit Pistons on his way to five NBA championships.
That’s enough for him to lead the Hall of Fame Class of 2011 and he was finally enshrined on Friday night, August 12 at Springfield, Massachusetts, USA.
In his emotional speech wearing a red scarf and black jacket and with his coach Phil Jackson nearby as Rodman’s presenter, the man nicknamed as “The Worm” said,
“I didn’t play the game for the money, I didn’t play the game to be famous. What you see here is more just an illusion that I love to just be an individual that’s very colorful.”
Watch Dennis Rodman’s Hall of Fame speech below:
Rodman leads the 10-member class of 2011 with Chris Mullin, the two-time Olympic gold medalist, opening the night as the other headliner.
The class also included coaches Tara VanDerveer, who has led Stanford to two national championships and won more than 800 games, Tex Winter and Division II Philadelphia University coach Herb Magee, the career leader at the collegiate level with more than 900 wins.
Eight-time NBA champion Tom “Satch””Sanders, big men Artis Gilmore and Arvydas Sabonis; the late Reece “Goose” Tatum of the Harlem Globetrotters, and women’s star Teresa Edwards, who won five Olympic medals—four golds—and is entering her fifth Hall of Fame, also were honored.If you want to receive my latest posts, please subscribe to my full feed RSS or have them delivered through email. Just enter your email address below and hit the Subscribe button.