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Dennis Rodman elected to Hall of Fame

Apr 2, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

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Well, looks like the oft-criticized Naismith Hall of Fame got one right.

Dennis Rodman told the Associated Press he has been elected to the hall and was told to be in Houston Monday (site of the Final Four) for the announcement. The official induction is not until August, and we can’t wait to hear that induction speech.

This is as it should be. A Hall of Fame without Rodman in it would be a sham. People focus on the hair and the antics and miss what should be the only thing that matters for the hall — Dennis Rodman was a fantastic player and as good a rebounder the game has ever seen.

Rodman grabbed 23.4 percent of the available rebounds when he was on the floor over the course of his career. Meaning he grabbed nearly one of every 4.5 rebounds he could have grabbed for his entire career. For comparison, Dwight Howard’s career average is 20.7 percent. Kevin love is a beast this season and he is grabbing 23.5 percent of the boards available – that was an average year for Rodman. Or, look at it this way: Rodman has a better rebound rate than Moses Malone, Dikembe Mutombo, Tim Duncan and anyone else you want to name.

Rodman was also an amazing defender. Rebounding and defense is why Rodman has five rings — he was among the best ever at doing the dirty work. He was seven-times on the all NBA defensive team

The Pistons have come around, too. Friday night, the Pistons retired Rodman’s No. 10. As it should be.

Other potential members in this Hall of Fame class, the finalists, are:
Chris Mullin; UCLA legend and four-time NBA champion Jamaal “Silk” Wilkes; Tex Winter (the inventor of the triangle office and a coaching legend); Ralph Sampson; Teresa Edwards (a five-time Olympian); Tara VanDerveer (Stanford’s women’s coach); Dick Motta; Herb Magee (Philadelphia University coach); Hank Nichols (college referee); and Al Attles, assistant general manager of the Golden State Warriors.

  1. ahemahem - Apr 2, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    Of course Rodman should be in. This article sounds like it was in dispute. Please elaborate.

    • Kurt Helin - Apr 2, 2011 at 1:17 PM

      There was a concern that the secret voters for the Hall would put Rodman’s personal life ahead of the game and keep him out. The Hall does not exactly have a history of making smart choices.

      • derwass - Apr 9, 2011 at 7:35 AM

        As this article pointed out Rodman was the best defender on the floor for many of the years he played. So to me the argument over if he desrves to be in the hall is ludicrous on its face. Personally I honestly believe I would be hard pressed to name 3 power forwrads in the history of professional basketball, that I would rather have on a team than Rodman. This is a well deserved inclusion in the BBHOF.

    • denverhoopdreams - Apr 2, 2011 at 1:45 PM

      You read the article very incorrectly. Kurt has always been in favor of having Rodman in the hall. Kurt was saying that the HOF Committee was opposed to allowing him in past years and that they finally got their heads out of their asses and inducted him.

  2. yourtruevoicestudio - Apr 2, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    and why isn’t artis gilmore in there!? that’s a joke.

  3. zblott - Apr 2, 2011 at 3:44 PM

    Remembering Rodman’s rebounding dominance:

    http://www.emptythebench.com/2009/11/13/dennis-rodman-streetball-tour/

  4. tubal22 - Apr 2, 2011 at 3:59 PM

    I’m hoping this wasn’t a cruel April Fool’s joke on Rodman.

  5. smokehouse56 - Apr 2, 2011 at 4:33 PM

    And there you see why the NBA is a farce. The only people that like this league of thugs are the talking heads at ESPN. Kicking photographers on the baseling certainly make him NBA quality and HOF worthy. I watch as little, very little, as possible.

    • tubal22 - Apr 2, 2011 at 5:35 PM

      Yet somehow you found a low volume NBA blog and commented. Sounds like you’re still pretty interested in this farce.

    • purdueman - Apr 2, 2011 at 7:37 PM

      No, the Basketball Hall of Fame is a farce because they induct former hi skool, college and womens players and make no distinction between those and former NBA greats. The NBA needs to get real and create their own hall of fame; until they do, in my opinion they just continue to cheapen the value of the award.

  6. volcom2143 - Apr 2, 2011 at 6:41 PM

    What 5 rights does Rodman have ???? Maybe you mean 5 rings .

  7. purdueman - Apr 2, 2011 at 7:35 PM

    While Rodman certainly has a few screws loose, his qualifications as a hall of famer are undeniable. I’m sure though that the selection committee is worried though about him showing up for the induction ceremony wearing nothing but a thong and a push up bra, but hey, it is what it is.

    Too bad that baseball doesn’t have their act at all together when it comes to electing players to the hall of fame, but there are too many idiot baseball writers (who do the initial voting), who prefer to carry grudges and ignore the overall play of some guys who deserve to be in (the most prominent being Albert Belle, Steve Garvey and Richie Allen).

    Before you jump me about Belle, go check his stats. He had to retire prematurely due to his degenerative hip condition, but for any ten year consecutive run he was one of the most feared and dominant hitters in baseball history; unfortunately he also has all the personality of a pissed off rattlesnake.

    All baseballs veterans committee cares about is protecting the perceived value of their autograph appearance fees, and will likely never elect any former player so long as they are still living; they simply don’t want the appearance fee added competition.

  8. craigw24 - Apr 2, 2011 at 9:11 PM

    Kurt,
    Your comment, “Dennis Rodman was a fantastic player and as good a rebounder the game has ever seen.” should be amended to add ‘in the modern NBA’.

    While I love Dennis’ re bound ethic, he still was not that close to Wilt.

    • purdueman - Apr 2, 2011 at 9:18 PM

      Rodman wasn’t a center; Wilt was. Why not compare Rodman to Jerry West’s rebounding ability while you’re at it?

    • mytthor - Apr 3, 2011 at 5:01 AM

      Actually when you consider the stupid minutes Wilt played because he coasted much of the time, his obsession with numbers, and the amount of missed shots when he played due to much poorer shooting, Rodman is close if not better.

  9. jthammerstix - Apr 3, 2011 at 9:33 AM

    What is the triangle office? Never heard of it but I now know Tex invented it.

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