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Will "The Worm" ever wiggle into the Hall of Fame?

By Danelle Winfield

 

When you look at this player on paper, this NBA Hall of Famer had everything a coach desired. He was known for his will to win and consistent defense. Standing at just 6’9 and 220 pounds he averaged more rebounds per game than Dwight Howard and Kevin Garnet combined today. He guarded all five positions but always took it upon himself to guard the best player. He was able to lockdown Magic Johnson at point guard, hold Michael Jordan at shooting guard and frustrate Karl Malone in the post. He used his mind games to get under the skin of his opponents. His pre-game ritual consisted of eating onions and garlic. Just imagine a lingering smell of onions and garlic breathing down your neck while trying to post up in the paint. He always brought more than enough energy to fuel himself and his entire team. All of his efforts won the respect of his teammates and coaches.

 

According to NBA.com, this individual’s career stats consists of: five NBA Championships (1989, 1990, 1996, 1997, 1998), Defensive Player of the year in 1990 and 1991, All-NBA Third Team in 1992 and 1995, All-Defensive First Team 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995 and 1996 and was Two-time NBA All-star 1990, 1992.

 

However, when it comes to media his NBA accomplishments take a back seat. He's dissected like an alien from mars. Granted he did declare himself a “bad boy”, dye his hair odd rainbow colors, pierce his skin, and get hundreds of tattoos. Not to mention, he wore a wedding dress to promote his 1996 autobiography Bad As I Wanna Be. And over the years a long laundry list of “irrational” things followed. He felt as long as he produced on the court it shouldn’t matter about his chosen lifestyle off the court. He decided not to conform; even through cameras successfully exploited him and his antics directly influenced his “marketability.” He said himself, “If you have problem with my answer that’s your problem, not my problem.” Dennis “The Worm” Rodman is a prime example of someone who got a bad rep from the media but, unarguably the Best Defensive Player the NBA has ever witnessed.