But when Langlois gets Dumars talking about just basketball in general, particularly Pistons history or stories from Dumars’ playing days, the interviews are really interesting. In their latest discussion, Langlois asked Dumars about Dennis Rodman, and Dumars was actaully familiar with Rodman’s family before he became a Piston:
KL: He was a rookie in your second year. What were your first impressions of Rodman when he came to training camp that year?
JD: My second year I knew him as Debra Rodman’s little brother. Rodman’s older sister, who I knew, played at Louisiana Tech. She was an All-American there and he was just her little brother. And I knew her from way back in college and I knew that was her little brother and when he came, I was like, “Oh, that’s Debra’s little brother.” So that’s how I knew Dennis Rodman – Debra’s little brother.
The whole discussion of Rodman is worth a read, even if you weren’t watching basketball yet during the Bad Boys era of the Pistons. It never hurts to brush up on franchise history. And he also compares how Rodman and the in-his-prime Ben Wallace could dominate games without ever scoring a point.
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