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June 14, 1997
When will the NBA and the sports-minded public say "enough is enough" to the antics of Dennis Madman . . . uh, Rodman? The monetary fines imposed mean nothing to the egomaniacal jerk! He decides to head for Vegas in the middle of playoffs and is excused by comments such as "Dennis will do what Dennis wants to do." He makes a derogatory remark about Salt Lake City Mormons and, after being fined, apologizes, using the royal "we." To top it all, Bull Coach Phil Jackson excuses Rodman by saying, "He may not even know it's a religious cult or sect or whatever it is."
February 24, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Many people haven't known what to make of former NBA player Dennis Rodman's bizarre diplomatic efforts in North Korea, but 20th Century Fox may have found an answer: a big-screen comedy. The studio has bought the pitch for "Diplomats," a movie inspired by Rodman's "basketball diplomacy" efforts in the rogue nation, to be helmed by "Ride Along" director Tim Story, according to the Hollywood Reporter . The film is described as "a two-hander that takes its cues from the antics of the 6-foot-7 former NBA player.
May 18, 1996
When I read the article written on Dennis Rodman (April 14) I became angered. Teachers are protesting a Carl's Jr. commercial showing Rodman eating a hamburger. What is wrong with that? It's not as if Rodman is hurting anybody; he is just eating a hamburger. Besides, I think kids are extremely underestimated. They are smart enough to make their own decisions and choose their own role models. People shouldn't discriminate [against] Rodman because he has tattoos and different hair. He is just a normal person, except that he is an exceptional basketball player.
January 13, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Dennis Rodman said Monday that he was sorry he could do nothing for American prisoner Kenneth Bae during his controversial visit to North Korea last week. “I'm sorry, I'm sorry I couldn't do anything,” Rodman told reporters at Beijing airport Monday after his weeklong trip. “It's not my fault. I'm sorry. I just want to do some good stuff, that's all I want to do.” The flamboyant basketball Hall of Famer was making his fourth visit to North Korea in the last year. This time he brought along a group of retired NBA players for an exhibition game with the North Korean team on the birthday of dictator Kim Jong Un, whom Rodman considers a good friend.
June 15, 1996 | GREG SANDOVAL
How cool is Rodman? Just ask Clint Filichia and John Tamkin, co-owners of the "Daddy 66" clothing line, who were struggling designers until the Chicago Bulls' eccentric forward wore one of their T-shirts. The Chicago-based company sold apparel out of the trunks of their cars, and with minimal success, until Rodman wore a sleeveless T-shirt with the company's "Daddy 66," logo on MTV's "House of Style." Since then, the company's owners say that their entire stock has sold out.
June 6, 1987
When Al Campanis got suckered into making his "racist" comments on "Nightline," the black community called for his head on a platter. What is the sports world going to do about Rodman's and Thomas' racist attacks on Larry Bird? Is racism racism only when it is directed at blacks? I don't think so. As an American Jew (who gets it for being white as well as Jewish, not to forget left-handed), I am outraged and disgusted by the hypocrisy demonstrated here. Rodman and Thomas should both spend the rest of their sports careers playing golf with Al Campanis.
December 22, 1996 | THOMAS BONK
So the San Antonio Spurs sent coach Bob Hill to Boot Hill. Do you think former Spur Dennis Rodman, who clashed regularly with Hill, was glad or something? Not actually. Rodman would rather have his hair dyed black, than say something nice about Gregg Popovich, Hill's replacement. Rodman wrote in his autobiography: "Gregg Popovich was the big problem in San Antonio. We didn't get along from the beginning. He's Mr. Discipline, Mr. Straight, Mr. Conservative.
December 28, 1996
Jim Murray's fabulous column on Loy Vaught [Dec. 20] was refreshing. Chris Baker's "fabulous" description of Chris Webber and Juwan Howard, who not only returned to school to graduate but who also had the audacity to take the blame when he made a mistake off the court, was also interesting. Then I remembered how well Elvis Grbac handled the situation when he was attacked by Willie Brown. What common heritage do these gentlemen share that sets the standards that Rodman, Barkley et al. seem to be lacking?
March 7, 1999 | MARK HEISLER
Team (record); Comment; (Last week's position) 1. Utah (13-3): 35-year-old Karl Malone's average, his last five seasons: 27-26-27-27-24; (1) 2. Lakers (12-6): Rodman showing them how the game should be played. What could go wrong now?; (6) 3. Miami (12-4): How dominant is Mourning in the East? He's outscoring opposing centers, 21-12.; (4) 4. Portland (12-3): Like Lakers: Talent-plus, but it will all depend on character, or characters.; (9) 5.
November 27, 1998
Why is it legal for Dennis Rodman and Carmen Electra, two heterosexual and alleged "adults," to marry and separate in one day, then file for an annulment days later (Nov. 24)? Rodman and Electra's ridiculous "marriage" did more to mock the institution than any committed, same-sex marriage could ever do. ELLEN GADDIE San Clemente
January 10, 2014 | By Austin Knoblauch
Retired NBA star Dennis Rodman had a fairly eventful foray into North Korea this week on his "basketball diplomacy" tour. Rodman first gave a profanity-filled interview to CNN while defending his trip to the hermit kingdom. He then sang "Happy Birthday" to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. He later apologized for his on-air CNN rant, saying he was drinking before the interview and that he was under a lot of stress. But it appears Rodman's trek across the 38th parallel wasn't financed by the North Korean government.
January 8, 2014 | By Carla Hall
It's difficult to imagine a more ludicrous attempt at diplomacy than former basketball star Dennis Rodman's current sojourn to North Korea. On his past trips (this is his fourth in less than a year) Rodman has referred to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as his “friend for life” and spent time with Kim's family, calling him a “good dad” - as if the young dictator were just another misunderstood world leader and not the tyrannical ruler of an impoverished country who is capable of ordering his uncle's execution.
January 8, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING - Dennis Rodman helped Kim Jong Un mark his 31st birthday Wednesday with sport and song, serenading the North Korean dictator with a warbly rendition of “Happy Birthday” in a Pyongyang gymnasium and then leading fellow ex-NBA players in a game against a local squad. Spectators were not allowed to bring cameras into the modestly appointed arena, but video posted later online showed Rodman in sunglasses leading the crowd - many of them in sport coats and dress shirts - in a singing tribute to “The Marshal.” Then the Americans, in blue and white uniforms, faced off against the North Koreans, or the “Torch Team,” in red. Simon Cockerell, a tour guide with Beijing-based Koryo tours who is traveling with Rodman's group, described the event as a “bizarre and unusual occasion.” In a video dispatch from Pyongyang posted to Koryo's Facebook page, he said the teams played two 10-minute halves, with the North Koreans prevailing at the final buzzer (by a score of 47-39, according to Associated Press)
January 7, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
With criticism mounting over Dennis Rodman's effort to stage an exhibition basketball game in North Korea in honor of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's birthday, former NBA star Charles Smith, who will play in the game, says people are misunderstanding their intentions. "What we are doing is positive, but it is getting dwarfed by the other circumstances around it," Smith told the Associated Press on Tuesday. "Apparently our message is not being conveyed properly due to the circumstances that are much bigger than us, and I think that has to do with politics and government.
January 7, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
Former NBA star Dennis Rodman, better known now for bizarre behavior than anything he ever did on the court, launched into an unintelligible rant against a CNN anchor on Tuesday during an interview from North Korea, where he is on his fourth visit in less than a year. Rodman, 52, brought six fellow retired professional basketball players to the rogue country for a game against the North Korean national team Wednesday, the 31st birthday of dictator Kim Jong Un. The trip has drawn reproving statements from the National Basketball Assn.
December 23, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Dennis Rodman has lost his corporate partner for his upcoming basketball exhibition in North Korea to celebrate the birthday of the repressive regime's young leader, Rodman's "friend for life" Kim Jong Un. The online betting site Paddy Power announced in an email Monday that it had decided to end its association with Rodman and his planned exhibition basketball game between the North Korean national team and a group of former U.S. players due...
February 23, 1999
BORN: May 13, 1961 OTHER: 6-7 COLLEGE: Southeastern Oklahoma St. Detroit Pistons 86-87. Averaged only 15 minutes a game. RPG: 4.3. 87-88: Only season Rodman averaged over 10 points a game (11.6). RPG: 8.7. 88-89: Won field-goal percentage title (.595). RPG: 9.4. 89-90: Pistons were 39-4 in games Rodman started. RPG: 9.7. 90-91: Wins second consecutive defensive player of year award. RPG: 12.5. 91-92: Has 20 or more rebounds in 39 games. RPG: 18.7.
June 23, 2009 | Mike Penner
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.'
December 19, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
Dennis Rodman arrived in North Korea on Thursday and said recent events there, including the execution of leader Kim Jong Un's uncle, should have no effect on his visit. “I can't control what they do with their government, I can't control what they say or how they do things here,” Rodman told the Associated Press. “I'm just trying to come here as a sports figure and try to hope I can open the door for a lot of people in the country.” Rodman is in North Korea to put the finishing touches on his plans to bring 12 ex-NBA players to Pyongyang for a Jan. 8 exhibition game marking Kim's birthday . Rodman and Kim have been friends since the former NBA star traveled to North Korea in February for an HBO series.
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