Dennis Rodman, Hall of Fame?
YES! That’s right, Dennis Rodman will be enshrined into the NBA Hall of Fame on Friday…and he deserves the honor.
You can say what you want about his personality or his crazy antics, but NO ONE can argue with the fact that he was the best rebounder of his generation. He led the NBA in total rebounds 4 times, in offensive rebounds 6 times, and rebounds per game 7 times (consecutively by the way…an NBA record). He also was named to the ALL NBA team twice and NBA all defensive team 8 times (being named Defensive Player of the Year twice). Oh by the way, he’s a 5 time NBA Champion!
Being born and raised in Dallas (Oak Cliff), a part of me has a tremendous amount of pride and respect for the Worm. He played High School basketball at South Oak Cliff High School and was never really expected to be much in life. Those of you that are familiar with the area know that Oak Cliff is one of the most dangerous areas in the DFW. To be able to make it out of there and get all the way to the NBA Hall of Fame is almost unbelievable, especially when you consider that Rodman was only 5’6” in High School.
At one point, (after high shcool) he had given up on basketball and worked as a janitor at DFW International Airport. Out of nowhere, he experienced a sudden growth spurt and decided to give basketball another shot. He ended up getting a chance to play at a small Junior College which eventually led him to become a three-time NAIA All-American at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.
His story is one of those things that embodies the “American Dream”. A kid with no father, living in a dangerous drug and gang infested area with no future…somehow finds a way to make it to college…and eventually all the way to the NBA Hall of Fame. Amazing!
Dennis Rodman HOF Predictions
This Friday night, Dennis Rodman will be inducted into the Hall of Fame. The man is basically insanity in human form. Here are my predictions for what his HOF speech might be like.
-Rides in on a horse, dressed like an Ed Hardy cowboy.
-In lieu of making a speech, Rodman stands on podium and makes it rain dollar bills for 45 minutes straight.
-Rodman recites the speech that he wrote in anticipation of winning an Academy Award for Double Team.
-Most likely…. Rodman is in Vegas. Celebrating how well the speech he skipped went.