On February 3, the Dallas Mavericks announced that they have signed seven-time rebounding champion Dennis Rodman for the remainder of the 1999-2000 season. After almost a year away from the basketball, the colorful forward, well-known for his wild antics off the court, has jumped back into the game. Some reports say that Rodman may play as early as next week.
About the same time last year, February 1999, Rodman had signed with the L.A. Lakers amid speculations about where he would decide to play. After seven tumultuous weeks and only 23 games with the Lakers, Rodman was waived from the team in April 1999. He was release by the Lakers after showing up late and missing practice sessions with the team.
Given the mild nature of Rodman’s rookie year, who would have known that he would later become such a colorful player. Rodman was selected by the Detroit Pistons as the 27th pick in the 1986 NBA Draft.
On the court, some argue that Dennis Rodman’s rebound record is one of the best in NBA history. The two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year (1990-91) is ranked 11th in rebounds per game (13.0) and 17th in total career rebounds (11,783). After years of playing for Detroit, San Antonio, Chicago, and Los Angeles, the Dallas native will play with the Mavericks the remainder of the 1999-2000 season.
Ten years after his rookie year, Rodman's autobiographical books detailed his wild life in 1996 and 1997 and were titled Bad As I Wanna Be and Walk on the Wild Side. News about Rodman’s antics off the court often were reported.
At the end of 1999, his reluctance to play by the Lakers’ rules, brushes with the law and colorful behavior led to speculation that no teams wanted to sign him.
Yet the wooing of “The Worm” developed in January, shortly after Mark Cuban negotiated the purchase of a majority ownership of the Dallas Mavericks. Rodman reportedly kept Cuban waiting until after enjoying the Super Bowl weekend festivities. Rumors that he would keep Cuban waiting for a decision until after the Pro Bowl in Hawaii dissipated this week.
Beside the attention Rodman brings to the team, the Dallas Mavericks hope Rodman will improve their rebounding and defense.
1988-89 Fleer #43 Dennis Rodman (Rookie)
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