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A collection of Dennis Rodman stories

Jo-Ann Barnas of the Detroit Free Press talked to many people who knew Dennis Rodman in Detroit and complied their best Rodman stories. This one from Isiah Thomas stood out to me:

"We were standing in the lay-up line, warming up and shooting, and Rodman was standing back and watching everybody shoot. I said, ‘Hey, come on, you have to participate; everybody’s shooting lay-ups, you have to shoot lay-ups, too.’ And he said, ‘I’m just watching the rotations on the basketball.’ I said, ‘Excuse me?’ He said, ‘Like, when you shoot, your ball spins three times in the air. Joe’s sometimes has 3 1/2 or four times.’

"That’s how far Rodman had taken rebounding, to a totally different level, like off the charts. He knew the rotation of every person that shot on our team — if it spins sideways, where it would bounce, how often it would bounce left or right. He had rebounding down to a science, and I never heard anyone think or talk about rebounding and defense the way he could break it down.

"When you talk about basketball IQ, I’d put Rodman at a genius level."

Definitely read the entire article. All the stories are great, and so is the photo gallery at the top.


  • Mar 31, 20112:34 pm
    by Kim Jong Skillz


    this is why i have always loved rodman. salute to the best defensive player of my time.

  • Mar 31, 20116:19 pm
    by detroitpcb


    awesome observation. I’m glad Isaih chose to share it. Thank you for putting it on the site.

    The Salley stories were great as well.

  • Mar 31, 20118:41 pm
    by gordbrown


    Sounds like Aspergers, which might explain a lot. I’m just glad he was our genius while we had him. I’d also like to point out that one of Jordan’s finals MVPs really belongs to Rodman. Everybody knows who really deserved it and that the fix was in to freeze Rodman out.

  • Mar 31, 201110:43 pm
    by Fennis


    That is amazing.

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