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Dennis Rodman to have jersey retired by Pistons Friday

Apr 1, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT

Dennis Rodman

This is overdue.

That doesn’t mean there isn’t drama. There is always drama when Dennis Rodman is involved. The former Piston rebounding and defensive machine that was a key part of the Pistons’ Bad Boy title teams will have his No. 10 retired by the Pistons in a ceremony Friday night.

The only concern was whether Rodman would be there, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Nobody knew absolutely for sure that former Pistons star would attend a special reception in his honor at Ginopolis Restaurant in Farmington Hills Thursday evening until he walked through the door around 8:30. And everyone breathed a sigh of relief…

“I thought it was an April Fools’ joke when they called me about it the first time,” Rodman said. “I was shocked. I don’t think I should have my jersey retired because I was probably the fifth most important guy on those teams.”

“I was little nervous about coming back at first,” he said. “But it’s great seeing everybody.”

This is a deserved honor for Rodman, as is being in the Hall of Fame (which may not happen but should). We are talking about one of the best rebounders the game has ever seen, a defensive force, the kind of guy that makes a title team.

And you can be sure there will be a little drama tonight in Detroit, too.

  1. ibchuck33 - Apr 1, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    He led the league in rebounding 7 straight seasons and was defensive player of the year. He should be in the hall. If the man is nuts off the court, who cares.

    • hnirobert3 - Apr 1, 2011 at 12:00 PM

      Always loved Rodman. The kind of guy who did the dirty work with a smile on his face.

  2. loungefly74 - Apr 1, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    rodman knew his role on those championship teams. he was a stud. well deserved.

  3. dysraw1 - Apr 1, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    those were his best years, giving scottie pippen all kinda headaches.

    • rapmusicmademedoit - Apr 1, 2011 at 8:01 PM

      Gave Scottie that scar under his chin, he was bad ass.

  4. thestudiokida - Apr 1, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    Dennis Rodman was ahead of his time physically. If he played 23 minutes in the first half he would be on the stationary bike for the other minute. Before the 90’s and 00’s there were very few players who pushed their body and stayed in incredible shape 12 months of the year. Now guys like Kobe and LeBron have figured out that an active body is a healthy body and have increased longevity as a result.

  5. rapmusicmademedoit - Apr 1, 2011 at 8:04 PM

    This guy would know where and when the ball would come off the rim, the ball gravitated to him.

    This guy banged Madonna, Carmen Electra, that alone get’s him in the hall of fame, right?

    somehow, someway this guy is a top fifty player, no ?

    • thestudiokida - Apr 1, 2011 at 8:11 PM

      @rapmusicmademedoit, if this was an objective world where great defense was equally recognized as great offense both Dennis Rodman & Scottie Pippen would be remembered as all-time greats. Instead people call them overrated and use points per game as their reasoning. It’s not right to ignore what a defensive virtuoso Rodman was… but that’s how it is.

  6. philtration - Apr 1, 2011 at 11:05 PM

    Rodman, Jordan and Pippen playing defense together was like releasing crazed attack dogs on the other teams.
    Damn that was fun to watch.

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