WBEZ | Dennis Rodman http://www.wbez.org/tags/dennis-rodman Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Hot Hawks, cold Bulls and women sports characters http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-03/hot-hawks-cold-bulls-and-women-sports-characters-105953 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" ap="" carcillo="" charles="" class="image-original_image" colorado="" first="" game="" goal-a="" his="" photo="" rex="" scores="" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/rsz_1danny_carcillo_co_game_winner%20arbogast_0.jpg" style="width: 620px; height: 404px" title="Danny " vs="" winner="" /></div><p><strong>Twenty-four games left for the Blackhawks and counting&hellip;</strong></p><p>The story and the excitement keep building for the Blackhawks. Halfway through the NHL season, they have yet to register a loss in regulation (21-0-3). Tonight they hope to continue this unbelievable ride with a rematch with the Avalanche in Colorado. A few injuries are a concern, specifically Patrick Sharp. But this team has had different players step in and step up. Last game Danny Carcillo scored the game winner in the final seconds. After the win, coach Joel Quenneville refereed to Carcillo by his nickname, &ldquo;Car-bomb&rdquo;. That may offend some, but it was funny just to hear that nickname used by a coach.</p><p>As the Hawks keep winning, the Derrick Rose drama for the Bulls is going on and on. It almost feels like the movie <em>Groundhog Day</em>. Twenty one games left on the NBA schedule, still no decision in sight. Now there is daily reporting when he sits with the team on the bench and when he doesn&rsquo;t. It is just becoming too monotonous for everyone. Tonight the Bulls host Utah and then spend the next week on the road.</p><p><strong>Women in sports</strong></p><p>Two kicks for one young lady, ten steps back for women in pro-sports? Much has been made about the failed kicks by Lauren Silberman, at the NFL regional combine event in Florham Park, N.J. The former soccer player made two very poor attempts in kicking try-outs that resulted in a flurry of responses.</p><p>There are indications that Silberman was hurt. She should have postponed the workout or not done it at all. The other major factor: she has never played collegiate football. That could be more of the problem about her failed attempt at the NFL regional combine.</p><p>One thing that you learn physically in the sports world -- man or woman -- is know your limitations. Silberman should have learned a valuable lesson. If you are injured, not prepared or do not have the aptitude to do it (particularly when it is impactful) rethink your situation. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Speaking of impacts, there is no doubt that Northwestern Women&rsquo;s Lacrosse coach Kelly Amonte-Hiller continues to be a force in her sport. On Wednesday, she registered career win 200 when the Wildcats won their home opener beating Boston College 17-10. Tomorrow 4-1 Northwestern will play at John Hopkins on the east coast.</p><p>Did you realize that the Big Ten women&rsquo;s basketball tournament is in the Northwest suburbs at the Sears Centre Arena? Most people haven&rsquo;t a clue about that event. The arena has had a tough time trying to stay afloat and the businesses in Hoffman Estates are hoping this tournament will be a boost. It is a real bargain with the tickets going for $15 a session. Next weekend when the men play at the United Center, you will see a lot more attention for that event (and pay much more).</p><p><strong>What was he thinking?</strong></p><p>Dennis Rodman being part of the theatre of the absurd is always a natural in the sports world. It is ridiculous and dangerous when the former Bulls player steps into the international political world. The eccentric and controversial former NBA player went to North Korea to be entertained and seen with the country&#39;s leader Kim Jong-Un, it made headlines. You would think it was a sketch from Saturday Night Live. A sketch would be funny, the real scenario was not and makes you wonder: what was Rodman thinking? Having been around Rodman while he played for the Bulls, he doesn&#39;t think, nor does he care about most things. Dennis just does what he wants to do and if he gets paid, so much the better.&nbsp; Maybe Rodman thought it was all fun and games like a reality show. But when he visits a country that has declared the U.S. as its sworn enemy, it begs the question: Does he have any common sense at all? Apparently not.</p><p><strong>Characters that will be missed</strong></p><p>Bears cutting ties with defensive back DJ Moore made a lot of reporters unhappy. He was one of the few players on that team that didn&rsquo;t filter his thoughts about anything and anyone (including Jay Cutler). His playing time diminished after he made the negative comments about the Bears QB. Coincidence?</p><p>The baseball season begins three weeks from Monday. I miss Ozzie Guillen! This will be the first time in years he will not be in a dug-out. Some how, some way he will be heard. &nbsp;</p><p><strong>Baseball is coming...</strong></p><p>Yesterday the White Sox extended the contract of&nbsp; left hand pitcher Chris Sale 5 years to the tune of $32.5 million. There are two two option years on the back end that can net him millions more.</p><p>And the Cubs are selling single game tickets today. Nice to think about baseball, when you have mounds of snow all around. Season begins April 1st - no fooling.</p><p>Follow Cheryl on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/Crayestout">@CRayeStout</a> and Facebook <a href="http://www.facebook.com/CherylAtTheGame">Cheryl Raye Stout #AtTheGame</a></p></p> Fri, 08 Mar 2013 06:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-03/hot-hawks-cold-bulls-and-women-sports-characters-105953 Chicago Bulls legends dominate basketball Hall of Fame inductions this year http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-08-12/chicago-bulls-legends-dominate-basketball-hall-fame-inductions-year-9 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2011-August/2011-08-12/Basketball HOF_Flickr_Bruce Denis.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-August/2011-08-12/Basketball HOF_Flickr_Bruce Denis.jpg" style="width: 322px; height: 244px; margin: 7px; float: right;" title="(Flickr/Bruce Denis)"><strong>By Cheryl Raye Stout</strong></p><p>Even though the annual Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame ceremony takes place Friday night in Springfield, Massachusetts, it would feel right at home in Chicago. Why?&nbsp; Because five participants in this weekend’s festivities have ties to the Chicago Bulls.</p><p>Three will be enshrined for playing and coaching. Two more will be honored for their off the court accomplishments. And it's been my pleasure to have covered or worked with each of these five individuals. In fact, sometimes it felt like a ringside seat.</p><p><strong>Dennis Rodman</strong></p><p><a href="http://www.hoophall.com/hall-of-famers/tag/dennis-rodman">Dennis Rodman</a> earned his first two championships with the Detroit Pistons.&nbsp; However, “The Worm”, added three more with Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls.&nbsp; Playing in Chicago was more of a coming out party for the colorful, controversial power forward. But underneath his many tattoos and his zaniness was an unbelievable talent.</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-August/2011-08-12/Rodman_Flickr_Bradley Park.jpg" style="width: 223px; height: 334px; margin: 7px; float: left;" title="(Flickr/Bradley Park)">Rodman was only 6’6”,&nbsp; 220 pounds - small by NBA standards - and yet he consistently out-rebounded and out-defended his bigger opponents. He was not a textbook rebounder. He used his strength, balance and his volleyball-like tipping skills to capture the ball.</p><p>Sure, Rodman would wear a feathery boa or a wedding dress off the court, but on the court he was all business. Well, for the most part.&nbsp; There were a few occasions when Dennis Rodman would be a little unorthodox.</p><p>One story that players like to tell about Rodman concerns another Hall of Famer, Utah’s Karl Malone. During the ’96-97 NBA Finals, these two power forwards were a dream match-up. As they tangled under the basket, the Chicago forward planted a kiss on “the Mailman”. Players from that Bulls team insist that the kiss caught Malone off guard and distracted him.</p><p>Rodman had some interesting rituals that made him stand further apart from other players. Most players prefer not to eat heavily just before the game. Not Dennis, he would sashay into the United Center with a large takeout order of seafood.</p><p>Questions often asked of me about Rodman include, “What was he like to cover?” or “Is he as crazy as he looks?”&nbsp;&nbsp; My answer is probably a bit different than most reporters. Dennis was likable and irreverent.&nbsp; And when he found out my sister was a tattoo artist it was kismet. He would always give me a thoughtful and entertaining interview.</p><p>Seven NBA rebounding titles and five championship rings assured Rodman his right to enter the Hall of Fame. Former Bulls coach Phil Jackson will be presenting Rodman, and when Dennis gives his speech, expect the unexpected but also some heartfelt tears.</p><p><strong>Artis Gilmore</strong></p><p>Another former Chicago Bull will also be enshrined, <a href="http://www.hoophall.com/hall-of-famers/tag/artis-gilmore">Artis Gilmore</a>. The seven foot-two center with the large Afro hairstyle waited twenty-three years to gain entrance.</p><p>The “A-Train” was drafted by both the Bulls and the ABA’s Kentucky Colonels in 1971.&nbsp; He signed a lucrative contract with the Colonels and was a dominant player in that league. Gilmore wound up with the Bulls when the ABA disbanded. He played for the Bulls from 1978 to 1982. Unfortunately, he arrived a little late to the party of the glory Bulls of the early ‘70’s.&nbsp; The Bulls never seemed to have the players that could fit Gilmore’s talent.</p><p>The day after the 1987 draft, when the Bulls brought their top draft pick, Brad Sellers, in to see the media, they re-introduced Gilmore to us. It was my first encounter with Artis.&nbsp; He was a massive man, with an intimidating look.&nbsp; But Gilmore, as it turned out, was anything but intimidating; he was very considerate and gentle.</p><p>Unfortunately, he was at the end of his great career and, hampered by injuries, didn't play much during his last tour with the Bulls.&nbsp; But when he finished his seventeen year career, his NBA field goal percentage was 59.9 percent. It is still the best mark of any player with at least two thousand shots made. And Gilmore is still the Bulls career-leader for blocked shots.</p><p><strong>Tex Winter</strong></p><p><a href="http://www.hoophall.com/hall-of-famers/tag/tex-winter">Tex Winter</a> was the guru of the triangle offense. He looked like a college professor carrying his binder. His love for the game guided him for almost sixty years, as a head coach and assistant.&nbsp; Winter had a long college career, including guiding the Northwestern Wildcats from 1973-1978.</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-August/2011-08-12/Winter_Tex.jpg" style="width: 146px; height: 174px; margin: 7px; float: left;" title="(Photo courtesy of Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame)">However, his path the Hall of Fame truly began when he was hired as an assistant by Bulls General Manager Jerry Krause in 1985.&nbsp; When Phil Jackson later became the team’s head coach, he relied on Winter to guide the Bulls offense to win championships. Although Michael Jordan would balk at this offensive scheme, other players, especially the team’s big men and outside shooters, flourished under it.</p><p>As a reporter, it was easy to get Tex to light up his eyes and get excited. How?&nbsp; All you had to do was ask him to explain the triangle offense.</p><p>In all, Tex earned nine NBA titles with Phil Jackson, in Chicago and later, with the Los Angeles Lakers.&nbsp; And it was Jackson who led the charge to get Tex Winter in the Hall of Fame. So, it is fitting that Jackson will have double duty as a presenter, as he will do the honor for Winter as well as Rodman.</p><p>Unfortunately, a stroke in 2009 has diminished Winter’s health, so he is not expected to speak, but he will be on hand for the honors.</p><p><strong>Jim Durham</strong></p><p>The last two Hall of Fame entrants are both Chicago natives and though they their tools-of-the-trade are off the court, <a href="http://www.nba.com/bulls/history/smith_hofdinner_110812.html">they've played an instrumental role in the game nevertheless</a>.</p><p>Jim Durham will receive the 2011 Curt Gowdy Media Award.&nbsp; The honor goes to members of print and electronic media for significant contributions to made to the game of basketball.</p><p>Durham began his career in Bloomington, Illinois announcing Illinois State basketball games that starred former Bulls coach Doug Collins. Starting in 1972, Chicago Bulls fans remember him as the team’s radio voice. Later, he would simulcast radio and television broadcasts.</p><p>His distinct crisp and informative play-by-play style is the gold standard for sports broadcasting.&nbsp; His favorite - and most memorable call - occurred in game 5 of the 1989 NBA playoffs, when Michael Jordan launched a dagger over Cleveland's Craig Ehlo in a moment that became immortalized as “The Shot”.&nbsp;</p><p>I was working for the Bulls’ flagship station at the time, sitting directly behind Jim and his partner, John “Red” Kerr at that game.&nbsp; It was one of the most exciting moments in NBA history featuing the game's most electrifying player, and a tremendous radio voice captured it all.</p><p>Durham left the Bulls after the 1991 season in an unfortunate contract dispute. Currently, he is ESPN’s lead play-by-play voice for NBA broadcasts.</p><p><strong>Brian McIntyre</strong></p><p>And finally, Chicagoan Brian McIntyre, a man who is largely unknown to most people outside of the world of sports media.&nbsp;</p><p>But he is revered by the legions of reporters, producers, technicians and broadcasters who have worked with him as the NBA's head of media relations for more than three decades.&nbsp; For the people who cover sporting event, it's vital to work with someone who understands the media and how it works - and Brian McIntyre did better than most.</p><p>After graduating from Loyola University, McIntyre began his career with the Chicago Bulls as their media relations director, before moving on to a similar post with the league in 1981.&nbsp; But McIntyre always remembered his Chicago roots - and for the Bulls championship runs, he made sure to take care of the people he knew from his days with the team.</p><p>He will receive the John Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award.</p><p><strong>A Chicago Dynasty in Springfield</strong></p><p>Two years ago, the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame honored Michael Jordan. Last year, it was Scottie Pippen's turn.&nbsp; And this year, the Hall will honor Dennis Rodman, Artis Gilmore, Tex Winter, Jim Durham, and Brian McIntyre. Not bad if you're keeping score.</p><p>And, who knows?&nbsp; Maybe several years from now another Chicagoan, Derrick Rose, will join them as well.</p></p> Fri, 12 Aug 2011 15:39:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-08-12/chicago-bulls-legends-dominate-basketball-hall-fame-inductions-year-9 Lost weekend: Where should Rahm Emanuel party next? http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-04-05/lost-weekend-where-should-rahm-emanuel-party-next-84766 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-April/2011-04-05/rahm-ddoor.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 669px;" title="Rahm Emanuel in what might be the worst cell phone picture ever"></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Top story</strong>: There were a handful of posts and Tweets yesterday reporting that<a href="http://manupchicago.com/rahm-emanuel-double-door-black-joe-lewis/"> Mayor Elect Rahm Emanuel was spotted at Double Door for the Black Joe Lewis show Saturday night</a>. I received a few texts the night of with the same information. Hey, there's nothing wrong with a guy enjoying music in Chicago. Some complained that the show became about snapping cell phone pictures of Rahm in the audience, taking away from the show on stage. Some wonder if there were political motives. May I suggest another? Bender.</p><p>That's right, Rahm Emanuel is going it alone in Chicago right now. His family is still in DC. So if you had already done your work and were waiting for your new job to start and you had access to box seats at Wrigley and your favorite artist was coming to Wicker Park, wouldn't you throw down? Let's be honest here: Every guy in the world would love to have a few days off from the family. We love em, sure and we miss them terribly, but when in Rome, do what the Romans do. In this case, that involves Opening Day at Wrigley, pizza at Piece Pizza, Black Joe Lewis at Double Door and probably a bunch of bar food carry out on a lazy Sunday afternoon trying to shake that headache from the Honkers Ale.</p><p>(We're also assuming here that he's not being influenced by <a href="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/hall_pass/"><em>Hall Pass</em></a>. He has better taste than that, right?)</p><p>Possible Emanuel sightings to come: Punk Rock Monday's at Delilahs, Rockabilly night at Martyrs, 2am at Round the Clock liquors with a bunch of college girls, sleeping on the Red Line, standing in line at Joe's for Mr. Blotto and fighting a cab driver who didn't drop him off at the right corner. Also, maybe a little Whirly Ball?</p><p><strong>B story</strong>: Richard Babcock is the focus of <a href="http://feder.blogs.chicago.timeout.com/2011/04/05/chicago-magazines-babcock-can-you-judge-an-editor-by-his-covers/">Robert Feder's column today</a>. Feder breaks down some of the best covers from Chicago Magazine's past. Babcock is stepping down as editor of the magazine. I'm sure there were a great number of inspiring covers under Babcock's direction, but it's the ones in between that I would like to focus on. We used to play a game when the new Chicago Magazine would be delivered. Co-workers would all gather around and guess the cover before we ripped open the envelope. I had three go-to guesses: Best Lawyers, Best Doctors, Best Getaways. I usually won.&nbsp; I was also stunned that Feder missed this photo, which also ran in Chicago Magazine during Babcock's tenure. That's right, I'm a dirty bear:</p><p><img alt="" height="400" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-April/2011-04-05/schad.jpg" title="" width="600"></p><p><strong>C story</strong>: <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/jim-derogatis/2011-04-04/will-dave-matthews-save-far-south-side-84741">DeRogatis had the scoop last night</a>: Dave Matthews is bringing a festival to the Far South Side, near or at the former US Steel South Works plant. WOW. Now, that is technically still Chicago, right? Not Indiana? So I can make the tasteless joke: DMB is back with this cheesy festival, ready to sh*t on Chicago once again? ZING.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>D story</strong>: Oh yeah, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-board-election-commissioners/suburbs-14-chicago-wards-head-polls-84748">today's the runoff election</a>. We will see a whole new City Council after tonight. Or at least, one with aldermen who don't fall asleep while at work.</p><p><strong>Weather</strong>: My weather tracker said 36 degrees this morning, but it felt more like 45.</p><p><strong>Sports</strong>: Dennis Rodman makes the NBA Hall of Fame! I put together <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-04-04/dennis-rodman-chicagos-1-bad-boy-84730">some choice clips yesterday</a> of Rodman's on and off court antics. I had a whole angle that Dennis should go into the Hall of Fame as a Bull, instead of a Piston. But then I realized that the NBA Hall of Fame doesn't work like the MLB Hall of Fame. So I just embedded some YouTube clips instead. I couldn't find my favorite Rodman clip where he gets tangled up with Antonio Davis (Pacers) and then grabs his arm and starts dancing with him at mid-court. I think this was a playoff game. Davis thought it was funny at first but then his machismo took over and he pushed Dennis away. That's what Dennis did better than any other player in the history of the game: be effeminate. And it worked. It was almost like he was the first out of the closet basketball player in NBA history. Even though I don't think he was gay.&nbsp;</p><p>In this clip (check at 3:00-on), Rodman gets into it with a young Stacey King when Rodman was on San Antonio. The video is from German TV. Will someone please ask Stacey what he thinks of Rodman getting into the Hall of Fame?</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/PBX8CcMpqV0" title="YouTube video player" width="425"></iframe></p><p><strong>Kicker</strong>: More Rodman. Rodman crushes Bob Costas during a game. Poor thing. Too bad Dennis missed Isiah...</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/xyTzcVcyJGA" title="YouTube video player" width="425"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 05 Apr 2011 14:15:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-04-05/lost-weekend-where-should-rahm-emanuel-party-next-84766 Dennis Rodman: Chicago's #1 Bad Boy http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-04-04/dennis-rodman-chicagos-1-bad-boy-84730 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2011-April/2011-04-04/AP9510050975.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-April/2011-04-04/AP9510050975.jpg" title="" width="512" height="342"></p><p>Here's the AP copy for the big story today:</p><blockquote><p>Three men with ties to the Chicago Bulls are part of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame's Class of 2011. Tex Winter was the innovator of the "Triangle" offense. He served as coach Phil Jackson's assistant on all six Bulls championship teams. He'll be joined in the Hall by longtime NBA and ABA star Artis Gilmore. Gilmore played 482 games for the Bulls during the 1970s and '80s. <strong>And also in this year's class is former Bull Dennis Rodman, who won championships with both the Detroit Pistons and Chicago.</strong></p></blockquote><p>For any Bulls fan, you have respect for what Tex Winter did. And we all remember the play of Artis Gilmore on some pretty awful Chicago Bulls teams in the 70s/early 80s. But to put Dennis Rodman as almost the afterthought in the lede paragraph, you are underselling him as not only a great Chicago basketball player, but as a great Chicagoan.</p><p>By the time Dennis Rodman came to Chicago, the Bulls were a bit in flux. Hard to believe, yes. They had just been bounced unceremoniously from the Eastern Conference Finals by the Orlando Magic. Even though Jordan had come out of retirement, fans and analysts alike were unsure if the Bulls could return to glory. That was until Jerry Krause went out and did the unthinkable: Signed 'Bad Boy' Dennis Rodman.</p><p>Rodman had worn out his welcome in San Antonio. He seemed to care more about his fledgling personality (new hair!) and his national celebrity than helping the Spurs win a championship. So when the Spurs were willing to part with the troublesome power forward, the Bulls swooped in. But as you remember, that was a very controversial move.</p><p>See, Dennis Rodman didn't leave a great impression on Bulls fans from his days in Detroit:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/IhQyaKWsQy8" title="YouTube video player" width="425" frameborder="0" height="349"></iframe></p><p>When Rodman came to Chicago, we all worried about the chemistry. We also had a hard time (at first) wanting to root for such a Chicago sports villian. Jordan and Pippen put out fires with tepid media sound bites, but we were all worried. But when the Bulls went out in 1996/97 and won 72 games and dominated the NBA like no other team ever has, all worries were put to rest. And there was Rodman at the center of the storm. It still baffles the mind that this circus sideshow act was embraced in a town like Chicago. Why? Rodman worked hard.</p><p>But it wasn't that Rodman won championships that made Chicago fall in love with him.&nbsp; It was the journey that made us smitten. We all knew Jordan and Pippen were out and about, socializing. Every friend had a story about how Jordan walked through a downtown bar or how Pippen didn't tip waiters and bartenders, but it wasn't until Rodman came to town that we embraced ballplayers like one of our own. Friends would tell stories of seeing Rodman at Crowbar. News crews showed kicker stories of Rodman dancing at rave-like clubs. His billboard on the side of the Bigsby and Kurothers building along the Kennedy caused so many gapers delays and accidents that the city had to shut it down. This basketball player was more than the sport, he was a full fledged larger-than-life Chicago celebrity. He raised his profile in a new way, not in newspapers, charity golf outings and local TV, but by word of mouth. Young Chicago identified and adored his anti-establishment, social pariah ways. He was one of us (with a lot of money and no qualms about spending it).</p><p>On the court, he was the main attraction. His on-court theatrics were the ying to MJ's yang. We all watched for different reasons. We watched Jordan for excellence. We watched Rodman for antics.</p><p>Here are a few clips from YouTube from Rodman's antics on the court. Was it detremental behavior? You betcha. But it still ranks as the most entertaining moments in the history of Chicago sports:</p><p>5) Rodman vs. Shaq: Rodman tangles with LA Laker Center Shaquille O'Neal. In this famous clip, Rodman is choked to the floor by teammates Jordan &amp; Pippen.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ShgwXBVaVwM" title="YouTube video player" width="425" frameborder="0" height="349"></iframe></p><p>4) Barkley v. Rodman: Rodman had a flair for the theatrics and his best attribute was getting under opposite players' skin:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/_dmS40OYJ3o" title="YouTube video player" width="425" frameborder="0" height="349"></iframe></p><p>3) Rodman takes off shirt, head butts the referee: This one resulted in a long suspension and was the reason he was able to do all the media about his life in Chicago (I remember there being a Dateline piece about him partying).</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/GHcf_WmlAPA" title="YouTube video player" width="425" frameborder="0" height="349"></iframe></p><p>2) Rodman vs. Brickowski: Frank Brickowski was the Seattle Supersonics' thug who came in during the '96 Finals to get under Dennis Rodman's skin. Did it work? Maybe, but in this clip - classic Rodman - Dennis makes the best of the situation:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/htRsHwtsWic" title="YouTube video player" width="425" frameborder="0" height="349"></iframe></p><p>And finally, just for Bulls fans. The introduction we will never forget:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/79pWQ1JVh40" title="YouTube video player" width="425" frameborder="0" height="349"></iframe></p><p>When you put Dennis Rodman's name into our Getty images account, several photos from European dance clubs come back, complete with nude women.</p><p>Here's a look at his life post-NBA</p><div class="daylife_smartgalleries_container" style="border: medium none; margin: 0pt; padding: 0pt; overflow: hidden; height: 425px; width: 600px;"><iframe class="daylife_smartgalleries_frame" src="http://galleries.wbez.org/gallery_slideshow/1301948600353?width=600&amp;disable_link_to_hosted_page=0&amp;height=425&amp;show_related=0" style="border: medium none; margin: 0pt; padding: 0pt; overflow: hidden; height: 100%; width: 100%;" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe></div><p>That's the Rodman we try to forget. But for Bulls fans and regular Chicagoans who lived through the Rodman years in the Windy City, we say thanks for the memories. You did what basketball truly is designed to do: Create clever diversions from our mundane existences.</p><p>Here's to Dennis Rodman: You will always be known as a Piston, but you are truly Chicago's #1 Bad Boy.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 04 Apr 2011 20:21:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-04-04/dennis-rodman-chicagos-1-bad-boy-84730