Dennis Rodman: I wouldn’t play in NBA today – it’s too controlled, too balanced

rodman-interviewEx-NBA champion, former rebounding master Dennis Rodman has recently released a book for children, and arrived at the opening to sign the books, and meet the fans.

After signing books for about 90 minutes for approximately 300 fans, Rodman spoke with The Sun about writing as well as offering a look back at his NBA career.

Rodman played in 911 NBA games (573 started), averaging 7.3 points and 13.1 rebounds per game.

He had his best rebounding season with the Detroit Pistons in 91-92, when he led the league in rebounds per game, with 18.7 rpg.

Rodman was a two-time All-Star, and won the “Defensive Player of the Year” award twice, in 89-90 and 90-91. He led the NBA in rebounds per game 7 times.



Q: When did you get the idea to write this book?

A: “It crossed my mind when I was in Boston and these guys came up to me and asked if I’d like to write another book. I thought I had things all in place and then all of a sudden it dawned on me: What about a children’s book? The only scary thing about it was, would people believe it? I’m a kid at heart myself and I just thought this would be a different venture and that kids today got to have some type of role model, you know, with all the bullying going on in school and kids trying to be big and bad. This book shows it’s OK to be different. Kids are growing up so fast today. This may slow them down a little bit.”

Q: How much of the writing did you do?

A: “The book started out more like ‘Harry Potter’ in the beginning and I said wait a minute, hold on, let’s go back and redo this and we went back and redid it three or four times, and toned it down a little bit. My plan was to do three or four books like this as kind of a collage and this will probably be the easiest one you’re going to read here. This is kind of like the starter kit, and there’s more to come and my life is pretty much seen through this book.”

Q: Given your background as a player and the person you are off the court, a lot of people probably don’t take Dennis Rodman serious as a children’s author. How do you respond to that?

A: “I’ve heard a lot of things like that as far as my being in the spotlight over the years and I think it’s funny that people who know me really well, I think when I get emotional I talk about kids a lot, and if my daughter can do it, I can do it, and I really mean what I say in these books. Like I said, just keep it fun, keep it animated. Like I said, you can believe what you want to believe, but you know what? Books like this don’t lie. It’s just fun at heart.”

rodman-bullsQ: The character in the book is a bull, but you played for other teams. Are you kind of giving a shout out to the Bulls?

A: “I think it’s catchier that way. If I said hey — Dennis Rodman, the Wild Piston, that wouldn’t make any sense … I think it was a better character for kids to understand because people relate to me with the Chicago Bulls and stuff like that.”

Q: Are the Bulls the favorite team you played with in your career?

A: “I think that was a very great time in my life with the Bulls at the right time and the right place and everything worked out pretty well. I think with Detroit it was more like I was just trying to get my feet wet and understand the system and understand the lifestyle and once I got to the Chicago Bulls, everything just took off.”

Q: How do you feel about the fact you are still one of the percentage rebound leaders in NBA history?

A: “I never thought about that. There’s a lot of things people don’t know about me because I don’t even know it. I got in the Hall of Fame, which was a shock to me because I didn’t even average double figures (in scoring) and it’s very difficult to get in the Hall of Fame without averaging double figures and it’s very difficult to get in as a defensive player. So I’m very grateful for that and it was great for my kids to see that.”

Q: What do you miss the most about basketball?

A: “Well, you won’t be writing that.”

Q: Could you play in the NBA today, given the rule changes and things that have happened?

A: “I wouldn’t even want to play today. It wouldn’t be as fun. It’s way too controlled, too balanced, too controlled with the fouls and stuff like that. Back then, you could go out there and just bang, man, and have a good time. Hit, shove, do anything you want. Now it’s more like you can’t even look right.”

Q: Dennis Rodman played at the right time and the right place, is that it?

A: “A lot of guys back then, like I said in the late ‘80s and mid-90s, hey man, there were some really great players back then and those guys back then knew how to play.”


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