December 17, 1996 |
When the Lakers visit the Chicago Bulls tonight in a star-filled potential NBA championship preview, the focus will be on one man. Every move will be dissected. Every mannerism will be examined. He'll raise his eyebrows, we'll nudge our friends. Michael Jordan? Shaquille O'Neal? We just hope they don't block our view of a selfish, profane, rebel-with-a-screw-loose named Dennis Rodman. Which says something pretty disturbing. And not about Dennis Rodman.
January 19, 2004 |
It was a rededicated Dennis Rodman who arrived to play professional basketball in Long Beach. You wouldn't even have recognized him, except for the sunglasses, the hair dyed orange and blue like all-weather carpeting, the black Von Dutch T-shirt with red reflecting signature, the tattoos, the earrings and the two cameramen backpedaling ahead of him to the door. And the white Mercedes-Benz detailed with something like flames, and Rodman's face.
December 4, 1992 |
Dennis Rodman and Brian Williams share many of the fruits of life in the NBA. They are young, rich, talented and athletic. But these days, both share something else: Each is troubled, his life disjointed and filled with questions. Rodman is back in the Detroit Pistons' lineup, once again worming his way to the top of the NBA's rebounding chart. That's not to say, however, that he'll be doing the same tomorrow.
June 23, 2009 |
Phil Jackson's calm demeanor on the bench during Lakers games is the result of having coached a certain player more than decade ago. Yes, Dennis Rodman can have that effect on a coach. Last week, Jackson told Conan O'Brien that he used to be "a pacer" before the Chicago Bulls obtained Rodman in 1995. "Dennis fed off the coach," Jackson said, "and you know how volatile he could be. He could be really excitable. "I just said, 'I'm going to sit down and be quiet and just see if that cools him down.'
February 23, 1999 |
By the time you read this, this town's last family-run sports team is expected to have a new face. It has two rings in its nose. It uses obscenities as if they were prepositions. It speaks of sexual activities as if talking about taking out the garbage. It trashes new teammates even before meeting them. It insults critics, then weeps when those insults are returned.
September 22, 1996 |
Sunday / "3rd Rock From the Sun" 8 p.m. NBC Some would say out-there Dennis Rodman is from another planet, making him the ideal guest for this goofy sitcom. The hourlong season premiere picks up from last spring when high commander Dick was locked in the basement by his terrible twin (both played in looney, over-the-top, Emmy-winning style by John Lithgow). Rodman, who plays himself (as if anyone else could), sports a green dye job here. **** "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman" 8 p.m.
March 15, 1992 |
S chwing!!? Cha-ching!? If it's 1992 and you're running across nonsense words, you're probably watching TV with your kids or looking at the back of Dennis Rodman's head. Like hieroglyphics on a pyramid, these messages Rodman has had painstakingly carved into his haircut must tell us something about the nature of the being inside. But what? Cha-ching! is from a commercial for a convenience store. Schwing!! is from "Wayne's World," another of your teen-agers' favorites.
November 1, 2009 |
Like almost everyone who has ever appeared in or watched an NBA game, Dennis Rodman has an opinion in the Kobe Bryant-LeBron James "who's better?" debate. He just picked an unusual forum to voice it: the "Judge Jeanine Pirro" syndicated courtroom television show. During Monday's upcoming show, Rodman sues a friend/assistant for allegedly gambling away $4,000 of Rodman's money in an Atlantic City, N.J., casino. And he was asked the obvious question: Kobe or LeBron? "That's an easy question," Rodman says.
March 7, 2010 |
Kobe Bryant was late for Sunday's pregame activities, but Ron Artest arrived on time, with a new blond dye job and several inscriptions in his hair. He etched the word "defense" in three languages — Japanese, Hebrew and Hindi, he said. In plain English, however, his defense was poor Sunday against the Orlando Magic. His assignment for most of the game, Vince Carter , had 25 points, including 10 points on free throws in the first quarter. The Magic beat the Lakers, 96-94.
December 6, 1992 |
Dennis Rodman can't stand still. The energy seems to start down near his toes and flow up through his arms and legs like a current of electricity. His dark eyes dart around the Detroit Pistons' training room, his feet move and his body appears to be making one continuous adjustment. All this while standing up. It's hours before his first game back from a three-game suspension, a slap worth almost $100,000 in fines.