Pistons set to retire Dennis Rodman's number

Before the weirdness. 

Long before Dennis Rodman became fruity, he was a many-time Defensive Player of the Year for the Detroit Pistons.

As the 27th pick of the 1986 Draft, the former Southeastern Oklahoma State star transformed from an offensive monster to big time rebounder.

The Detroit Pistons want to retire his Number 10 jersey. Sure, he won fame as a San Antonio Spur and then won massive popularity as a Chicago Bull but he had his best seasons playing for the Pistons. Under late great Chuck Daly, he alongside Bill Laimbeer manned the boards for the championship-contending Detroit. With him on the squad, the “Bad Boy” mentality was further demonstrated. Imagine him and Laimbeer at the forefront alongside John Salley and Rick Mahorn. They rough up the people so that guys like Isiah Thomas, Joe Dumars, Vinnie Johnson, and Mark Aguirre could score on them.

As a Piston, he was a 2-time NBA Champion, 2-time NBA All-Star, 2-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, 1-time All-NBA Third Team, 3-time All-Defensive First Team, and a one-time NBA Rebounding Champion.

Since then he had three more championships with the Bulls, another All-NBA selection, two more All-Defensive First Team and a Second Team selections, and six NBA Rebounding Titles.

When Daly stepped down as coach and the rest of the team either retired or traded, Rodman asked to be traded.

Sure, he hasn’t been wearing a wedding dress, littering his skin with tattoos, dyeing his hair with very, very odd colors then, but back then, Rodman was bad news.

Against the Boston Celtics in the 1987 Playoffs, Rodman proved his peskiness as his bread and butter, with him and Celtics’ elite guard Dennis Johnson figuring in a taunting session.

And while he made a very offensive racist remark by discounting Larry Bird’s excellence because of his skin color, his vent-up rage with everything including his Subic-based Dad, Philander Rodman, was replaced by his weirdness...

... and we can thank Madonna for this.

Should the Pistons retire his jersey? I certainly think so. He certainly deserves to have what Thomas, Dumars, Vinnie, and Laimbeer have right now! While Chicago should retire his number (although who in his right mind beside Ron Artest would wear the Number 91), Detroit had the version of Rodman where his game garnered more of his popularity than his looks. When he entered the squad, they gained a versatile player that can defend the superstars like Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Clyde Drexler, and Magic Johnson and at the same time, score a rebound against the likes of Charles Barkley, Karl Malone, Hakeem Olajuwon, David Robinson, and Patrick Ewing.

We need to check out that without the tattoos and the hair dyes, Rodman wasn’t an intimidating performer at 6’6 and 220 pounds. However, he can wiggle his way in the land of Giants with ease. Why the hell would they call him The Worm? At first you can see him foil an offensive attack with his tenacious defending but he has since added an impressive rebounding skill where his timing outplays guys bigger and stronger than him. Although, his power is underrated, his speed and quickness isn’t. He can dive the ball without thinking that he’ll hit his body hard towards a living or non-living thing. From 1973 to the current season, Rodman has the record for career rebounding average per game (13.1) and highest rebounding average in a season (18.7). 

When motivated, not only is he a machine... he is an unstoppable force!

Hurry before he does an "Ozzy" on the dog! 

It’s about time we see The Worm acknowledged for his contributions!  

Game over!


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