PISTONS AT BULLS, 8 P.M. ET

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  • After watching the game on tape again, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau had a greater appreciation for what guard Derrick Rose did Saturday against the Boston Celtics. Rose was awarded 19 free throws for his attacking style of play, where he went inside with the ball almost every chance he got. “There is no defense out there that wants to see Derrick Rose coming at them with a full head of steam,” Thibodeau said. “He went through the contact rather than trying to stay away from it.”
  • Ever the defensive-minded coach, Thibodeau said there is a coaching advantage to having his players score at the free throw line. “It lets us get our defense set on the other end,” Thibodeau said.
  • Hall of Fame forward Scottie Pippen said he hopes former teammate Dennis Rodman gets into the Basketball Hall of Fame, which has him on its nomination list this season. Rodman led the league in rebounding seven straight seasons and was named to the All-Defensive team eight times. Finalists for the Hall are announced during the NBA All-Star weekend. “We all watched Dennis’ career and we know just how good he was as a basketball player,” Pippen said. “I think we all got caught up in his antics, and things he did away from the game, and it sort of disrespected or took attention away from what he did on the basketball court. But he is surely a Hall of Famer.”
  • Pippen said he does not think Rodman’s “antics” should keep him out of the Hall. “I want to hope the people who voted to get me in saw the same thing that I saw in an opponent and as a teammate,” Pippen said. “That would be a player who had a very high IQ, played at a very high level and at the end of the day proved to be one of the best who ever played the game.”

Kent McDill

79 Comments

  1. Richie says:

    Rodman is definitely a Hall of Famer. So undersized and definitely didn’t have oodles of athletic ability. As pipen eluded to, a high basketball IQ, being able to box out and out muscle the tall timber and read the rebound. His pistons days were a joy to watch – essentially he made a living and a place in basketaball history doing what most others didn’t want to do – the hard and dirty work which often goes unremaked and unrewarded. Lets take the opportunity to reward Dennis and his colourful personality. I’d like to hear Jordan weight in on the conversation too.

  2. Andrew S says:

    I agree with Pip – Rodman was pivotal in the Pistons and the Bulls Championship teams – his antics made him entertaining and possibly distracting but he was definitely an awesome player that deserves to be in the Hall of Fame – 7 straight rebounding titles at 6ft 8 – 8 All Defensive teams and 5 championships….can’t argue with that….

  3. dwine says:

    I agree with this comment from Scottie Pippen regarding Dennis “the Worm” Rodman to be a Hall of Famer in basketball. Because the way the Worm played while he was on Detroit and Chicago is quite so STRONG defesively and his Versatility as a Player. The Mailman Malone can post-up on the defense of the 1st Superman O’Neal and The Admiral Robinson during that time but once he was guarded by the Worm his concentrations were distracted and cannot do much better. Same while the Worm was guarding His Airness Jordan during the rivalry of Detroit and Chicago the way he go/dive to the Ball and Saving the Ball possession nobody has ever done that the same as “The Worm”. That’s the reason why he should be on the Hall of Fame because of his Hustle Performance and Rebounding and the Defensive Presence.

  4. Shameer says:

    I agree Rodman is one of the best players of all time and should be a hall of famer. He was the face of the bad boy area and his personality brought attention to the league. Rodman should be recognized for bringing toughness to a game that is now “touch touch”

  5. juan carlos says:

    i`m agree with pippen comments,DENNIS RODMAN deserve the hall of fame for differents reasons, 5 NBA titles,defensive player award,7 years winning rebounds titles,he was a winning player.

  6. gordo cholo says:

    rodman is the greatest modern rebounder the world has ever seen. hes in the rebounding conversation with wilt, billl russell, and all em other rebounding greats.

  7. Michael B. says:

    RODMAN is A HALL of FAMER He is the Best Deffender of ALL time with Rings to prove! He deserve to be in a Hall of Fame.

  8. Dennis Rodman Is The Greatest Rebounder I’ve Ever Seen. The Only Basketball Players Who Might Have Been Greater Is Bill Russell. Unfortunately Stats Were Not Recorded To Know For Sure. If I Had A Vote Dennis The Mennis Would Be A First Ballot Hall Of Famer, No Doubt. Dress Or No Dress!

  9. Marc Lloyd says:

    Dennis Rodman was a formidable defensive force. I’m glad he was with the Bulls instead of playing against them. He deserves to be on the Hall of Fame.

  10. Joel says:

    the voters show their ridiculousness every year they don’t vote him in. top 3 rebounders all-time, RINGS, the man could ball.

  11. WG says:

    YEHHH!!!
    Tell em Scottie

  12. Rodman Fan!! says:

    I surely think that Dennis Rodman should go in to the hall of fame.. He should have been in the Hall of Fame along time ago most people over look Dennis R.. Because of the things he did off the court which was stated in S.Pippens statement let Rodman in the Hall of Fame

  13. GAR says:

    I agree, Dennis Rodman is a Hall of Famer. I like the way he plays his role as a tough guard and a top rebounder. Let’s face it, he made a big contribution to the Bulls title runs. Thanks Scottie for recognizing such great players.

  14. ddenn says:

    the worm is a hall of famer for sure.

  15. Vasu says:

    It is time sportsmen should be judged by their performance on the field. It is their job. They should not be considered role models. Hence their antics off the field should be of no consideration. Unless they do something illegal, they should not be barred from being elected into hall of fame.
    To hell with Rodman’s antics. His election to hall of fame should be based solely on his performance on the court.
    He is not a role model for kids to follow. As a matter of fact none are. What about MJs gambling escapades? Did that preclude himfrom being elected to the Hall of Fame?

  16. Ixi says:

    I remember as a kid, I used to enjoy watching Rodman toying with the like of Barkely, Malone, young Shaq and other Hall of Fame players and All Stars, It was especially an indulgence to see him play along side M.J & Scottie.P. Indeed he’s one very controversial, eccentric character on and off the court, but let’s not forget he’s one of the three pillars in the mid-late Chicago Dynasty. An exceptional defensive player, a master of “tricks”, an irritator or a tamer to the beasts, his contributions to the way the games were played in the NBA was immense. I hope soon the NBA will finally recognise his talents on the level of Hall of the Fame.

  17. Kent Kanada says:

    I think even if we look at Rodman’s off-court antics we should not completely negatively judge him. In my opinion, Dennis was just being himself. Just like he wasn’t afraid to be himself on the court. Dennis wasn’t afraid to go for EVERY rebound or to purposely NOT score (which most players believe will bring them the most gratification). On and off the court, Dennis wasn’t afraid to go against “the norm” because it seemed like he wanted to explore “the other side,” which most people did not explore.

    I say, hey lets think about both the on and off court person that Dennis was and is but lets try not to be so biased and judgmental. Sure he did some crazy things but at the end of the day Dennis was being true to himself.

  18. gher says:

    I think Rodman deserves to be voted to Hall of fame. He was a demon in rebounds and have a very high IQ in basketball. And most of all, he can play defense on every position. I think its time for him to included in the Hall of Fame for basketball. I don’t like either his antics on and off the court but this guy is one of the best basketball player played the game.

  19. ry3 says:

    definitely a HALL OF FAMER.
    THE GREATEST DEFENDER, REBOUNDER AND HUSTLE PLAYER AND AT 6′ 8″ NO COMPARISON NEEDED.
    EVEN AT THE LEVEL TODAY OF SUPERMAN#12 THE WORM WILL COVERED HIM ONE ON ONE NEGATE HIS OFFENSIVE PRODUCTION AND WIN THE REBOUNDING MATCH UP.

  20. tman says:

    scottie pippen is right dennis rodman deserves to be in the hall of fame..best rebounder ever

  21. joseph says:

    if pippen said yes….then go rodman!..but really..on top of that…rodman is a very inteligent baller…he can beat u physically and mentaly…combined hard work and inteligence!

  22. louie says:

    The man is a beast rebounding wise and is arguably one of the best. His personal antics off the basketball court should not prevent him from being a Hall of Famer. There is a line separating one’s character off the court and on the court and one great basketball player like Dennis Rodman should not be viewed on the basis of what he did off the court but on it.

  23. ANdro Bren says:

    Dennis “the worm” Rodman should be a hall of famer… the original Power Trio Jordan,Pippen and Rodman.. So it would suck if Dennis is not in this time… He may lack in size but he fills that with heart and passion for the game!! 90′s Bulls Forever..

  24. My Name says:

    You tell ‘em, Pippen!! There is absolutely NO REASON to keep Dennis “The Worm” Rodman out of the Hall of Fame!!! He is one of the greatest rebounders ever–if not the G.O.A.T. (for rebounding)!! Come on, the guy averaged 13 boards for his career and he had six or seven seasons where he averaged 15 or more rebs (including two seasons where he averaged a ridiculous 18 boards a game)!!! I know his rebounding averages pale in comparison to Wilt and Russell, but Rodman was only 6-5 or 6-6 battling against tons of guys much bigger than him!! And don’t get me started on his defense and his 5 rings!!! Rodman should’ve been a first-ballot Hall of Famer!!! The fact that he’s still not in Springfield is insulting and beyond me!!! Anyone who knows anything about basketball knows that Dennis Rodman is a Hall of Famer!!

  25. jaberwacky says:

    Rodman should be in the hall of fame. His numbers should speak for him: 2 time defensive player of the year, 7 time Defensive first team, led the league in rebounding for a record seven straight years, 2 titles in Detroit and 3 titles in Chicago. That’s one hell of a resume for a 2nd round draft pick (number 27 at that).

  26. drewram says:

    Karl Malone is in the HOF. He didn’t win a championship. And Rodman was instrumental in the Bulls’ 72-10 season. And you would have to consider the flops. No one flops like the worm.

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  28. Michel Ghanem says:

    Pippen is class. To say this about Rodman shows how much respect he has for him. With all fairness, Rodman deserves to be a hall of famer well before a lot other players

  29. Aky says:

    Rodman should be a shoe in for hall of fame. Not only was he one of the best rebounders the game has ever seen, I personally would place him in the top 10 of all time when you’re talking defense period. I remember watching him defend against a young Shaquille O’ Neal with no help. What is he 6ft 8? Rodman is one of those guys that you need in a great team. You can’t have 5 Michael Jordan’s in a team, it just would not work. You need the guys that will get stuck in and get their hands dirty. Rodman always played hard and it’s no coincidence that the Bulls threepeated when he joined the roster. Can you say greatest single season record in history? 72-10? If he’s not elected in to the hall of fame, the NBA will look pretty foolish.

  30. Da-Lei says:

    Scottie is so broad-mind, I still remember that Rodman thrusted him on to the ground when Rodman was in Piston.

  31. Rocket33 says:

    Finally Dennis gets some credit for what he did as a player and not for his off-court antics. Best rebounder and defender in the 90′s. As tough as they come. He could shut down the 4 or 5 no matter how much size he was giving up and then step out and defend top wing players as well. Used to love watching him on the boards too. Especially those 4 or 5 tip-ins where he’d just keep outjumping everybody until the ball finally went in. I think Scottie said it right, “A player with a very high IQ”. He was indeed. He could control a game without even taking a shot!

  32. Ian says:

    Dennis Rodman, one of my favorite players of all time for his single-minded rebounding focus – in the 1991-92 NBA season he averaged 18.7rpg !!! And he once pulled down 34 rebounds in a single game! Forget the antics, he was a truly great basketball talent.

  33. hernan says:

    Well said scottie. “the forg” is surely a Hall of Famer

  34. CORNERSTONES says:

    NO BRAINER….5 RINGS!!

    The player was very calculative; brilliant at strategic warfare. He knew how to get under the opponents skin. He was a skilled tactician. I wish my C’s had somebody who was willing to rebound like he did. He knew the angles and he had DESIRE. He’d always come thru for you if you believed in him. Great rebounder, next to Russell in that department.

    A sure fire HALL of FAMER….BRILLIANT Basketball player.

  35. JBR says:

    What Pippen said…

  36. phil says:

    i think rodman should be a hall of famer

  37. mic says:

    yes he should be in HOF… He’s a monster inside the paint, grabbing those rebounds.. surely one of the best rebounding power forwards

  38. warnz says:

    I agree for Scottie’s comment to Mr.Rebound. Rodman was the energizer of the bulls last three-peat. The Worm was all-hustle & the one give an extra headache to the Mailman in their 2 Championship series. Mr.Rodman deserve to be a Hall of Famer.

  39. [...] Kent McGill, NBA.com: “Hall of Fame forward Scottie Pippen said he hopes former teammate Dennis Rodman gets into the Basketball Hall of Fame, which has him on its nomination list this season. Rodman led the league in rebounding seven straight seasons and was named to the All-Defensive team eight times. Finalists for the Hall are announced during the NBA All-Star weekend. “We all watched Dennis’ career and we know just how good he was as a basketball player,” Pippen said. “I think we all got caught up in his antics, and things he did away from the game, and it sort of disrespected or took attention away from what he did on the basketball court. But he is surely a Hall of Famer.”” [...]

  40. John Don says:

    I agree, Rodman was a great player

  41. nba fan says:

    Very well said by Scottie Pippen, I truly hope the voters do not punish Rodman for his wild antics the guy was an awesome player and human specimen. There will probably never be another type of Dennis Rodman when you think of defensive sacrificing and dedication it took on his behalf to rebound, run like a deer, for his size his talents were outstanding!

  42. micdg224 says:

    Dennis Rodman has always been my idol and I hope he becomes a hall of famer asap!

  43. nba fan says:

    Very well said by Scottie Pippen, I truly hope the voters do not punish Rodman for his wild antics the guy was an awesome player and human specimen. There will probably never be another type of Dennis Rodman when you think of defensive sacrificing and dedication it took on his behalf to rebound, run like a deer, for his size his talents were outstanding! I also didn’t care for his on and off court behavior but he should not be judged for his obvious media attention behavior.

  44. bamsery says:

    How can you consider somebody, who did not even know how to get a layup right, a hall of famer? He was a role player, nothing else! Sure, he was excellent at playing his role but nevertheless limited in his skills. I´m tired of this attitude of making players “great” just because there were fortunate to play on championship teams and vica versa downgrading the ones who were not that lucky.

  45. iJoemar says:

    DEFINITELY A HALL OF FAMER! ask those who played against him.

  46. norris says:

    How can Dennis Rodman not be in the hall of fame, Are you kidding me? His hussle and tussle was what drew a lot of fan to the game. People watch the chicago bulls not for only jordan but for dennis also, They share the stage together. He was a true warrior on the court and made his team better. I hope to watch him receiving his award that have been long over due.

  47. [...] party) but because the man deserves it. Scottie Pippen (already a Hall member) agrees, as he told NBA.com. “We all watched Dennis’ career and we know just how good he was as a basketball player,” [...]

  48. George says:

    To be honest, Rodman has some SERIOUS mental issues which has impaired his judgement off the court. Its a credit to him that he could be so focused on the court to achieve the greatness that he did. His kids/grandkids will always have stories about how crazy he was, I’d like them be able to also say that their dad was an NBA hall of famer…

  49. Johnason lin says:

    I’m not sure what the requirements are to be selected into the hall of fame, but Rodman is a heck of a defensive, rebounder machine ! probably one of the greatest in that field in NBA history. Right now all i can think of who is tougher than him is probably either Ron Artest or Dwight howard when it comes to defense and rebounding.

  50. the worm says:

    Rodman deserves th HOF. The committee should be afraid of his “antics” and just focus on his part in the game.

    If you look at Dennis’ antics, they are small compared to Kobe’s “alleged” rape case, MJ’s gambling and “shut up” money to his affairs, Shaq’s divorce due to infidelity, Wilt’s sleeping with 20,000 women (its like having 2 or more a night since he learned playing basketball) and others. But these guys are HOF worthy and they should be because of how they played the game.

    And what did Dennis do? Cross-dress? Got divorced (almost everyone does)? Got drunk? Participated in wrestling (which he fought K. Malone, a HOFamer, by the way)?

    The committee are so afraid Dennis might taint the HOF (as if the NBA is not tainted by game-fixing and media hyping issues). The Basketball HOF should only be about basketball.

  51. Kelson Say says:

    Dennis Rodman is an icon,he brings fashion into basketball ,and change the style of basketball players,look at his fiamboyant style on court…..and for his game,he blends in so well with Jordan and Scottie.Jordan is Scoring legend,so Rodman is a Rebound Legend……..In marvel heroes ,we have Superman,batman,spiderman,and in the NBA we have RODMAN! Hell yes Rodman is definately should be in the Hall of Fame!

  52. batong bacal says:

    2 thumbs up for pippen said……..

  53. Daniel Aabø says:

    If Rodman doesn’t get into hall of fame would be like if ray allen doesn’t become the leading 3 point shooter. Huge disappointment for all nba fans

  54. agent_zero says:

    I know Rodman was a terrific player, rebounder, defender, and helped the Bulls hell of a lot, and deserves to be a Hall of famer. But in talk of 90′s Bulls and their Hall of famers no one mentiones Toni Kukoc. He was also a crucial part of that Bulls team, terrific player, excelent skills, amazing court vision, could play all 5 positions. He was a three-time European Player of the Year, won everything that could be won in Europe with clubs (3 consecutive Euroleague titles), in international competitions such as European championships (gold medal in 1989, 1991), World championships (1990, he was also named MVP of the tournament, and bronze medal in 1994), Olympic games (silver medal in 1988 and 1992) with Yugoslavian and Croatian national team, Then he came in the NBA in 1993 and won 3 championships, not as a role player who gets 10 to 15 minutes a game, but more as one of the centerpieces of that team (he was third best scorer on Bulls, behind MJ and Pippen), and named. I think that’s a HOF resume :D

  55. Jeff Bacchus - Worm Fan! says:

    He is my favorite of all time. When I heard he was going to play again a couple of years ago, I was starting to look for tickets. He is a must for the Hall! They don’t come like him anymore.

  56. Sqwizz says:

    Rodmon Held Sean Kemp, Karl Malone and many others to name a few.. H.O.F 2011 for sure!!!!

  57. SSD LAKERS FAN says:

    YES VOTE HIM IN – IGNORE HIS NONSENSE. AS A BASKETBALL PLAYER HE WAS A FEARED MAN.

  58. John says:

    Dennis Rodman belongs in the Hall of Fame. He is one of the greatest to play the game. He did all the dirty work no one else wanted to do and did it undersized. I am sure if Jordan was asked, he would agree. I watched him go against Shaq. No matter who he was asked to guard, he did it. HALL OF FAMER ALL THE WAY.

  59. Dan says:

    Rodman was my hero growing up!

    Just worked his a** off for the good of the team and was great fun for the NBA!
    Though I doubt some of the execs thought so at the time!

  60. SixNine313 says:

    Fortunately I Am From Detroit’s Westside Number Streets Where The Worm N Spider Dominated The League With The Rest Of The BAD BOYZ.Rodzilla Needs Number 10 Lifted To The Rafter’s With The Rest Of The Great’s @ The Palace!!!HALL OF FAME Thats A Shoe-In How Many Rings He Got LMAO….Im Out Wayne County

  61. Rodman a.k.a Sakuragi the king of rebounds!! says:

    RODMAN THE KING OF REBOUNDS!!!!!!!!!!!!

  62. dwilcox says:

    no doubt dennis rodman needs to be in the hof what d he did on the highest level night in and night out is not heard of in todays game come on man just look at his body of work who today go hard every night like the worm????? blake griffin i dont think hes nothin more than a high light reel no defense so if dennis is by passed on the hall i might stop watching b-ball no jus kidding just till kobe retires!!!!!!!!!!

  63. Bullross says:

    You damn right! Pip he deserves to be in the Hall…

  64. butchoi04 says:

    Indeed Rodman proves his dominance in rebounding as well as in defending big men in the NBA.He should be a HALL FAMER.

  65. Lito Liclic says:

    101% I agree with Scottie Pippen’s remark to Dennis Rodman for being one of the 2011 Hall of Famer nominees. I hope he’ll get the majority of the votes. He was not only an excellent rebounder and defensive player but an effective morale booster as well among his teammates. He provided great energy on the court that resulted in multiple championships in every team he joined in. Without his wild antics, he should be ahead of some hall of famer. SURELY, he is a HALL OF FAMER!!!

  66. ROMY says:

    he is the best power forward,best rebounding in the 90′s. he dont care about the score for him self, he care to win the game for his teamate.HALL OF FAMER my idol DENNIS RODMAN…..

  67. [...] Scottie Pippen let his thoughts be known, regarding Dennis Rodman’s changes of getting into the Hall of Fame, having this to say: “We all watched Dennis’ career and we know just how good he was as a basketball player,” Pippen said. “I think we all got caught up in his antics, and things he did away from the game, and it sort of disrespected or took attention away from what he did on the basketball court. But he is surely a Hall of Famer. I want to hope the people who voted to get me in, saw the same thing that I saw, in an opponent and as a teammate,” Pippen said. “That would be a player who had a very high IQ, played at a very high level and at the end of the day proved to be one of the best who ever played the game.” [...]

  68. Khalid says:

    Definitely a HOF player. Rebounded something close to 25% of all rebounds available when he was on the court I remember reading a long time ago…

  69. Sunshine says:

    Hello, I’m Michael Jordan … I totally agree with Scottie!!!!

  70. SLIM6SHOOTER says:

    Since everyone remembers his defensive accolades people actually forget that he was a low post scorer he just decided to concentrate on defense when he left detroit

  71. Roy Sullivan says:

    This is a stupid topic. Dennis Rodman arguably the best power forward/defensive player in NBA history not in the hall of fame is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. Ask any player in the hall already (the experts) and I bet they all say yes he belongs there. “Offense win games but Dennis Rodman’s defense wins championships.

  72. Emanulu9 says:

    When Rodman wa s a Piston, he is able to defend and frustrate MJ. That is why when Bulls management declared that they are getting him, MJ and Pippen hesitated. But in the end they said that if Phil and the rest of the management feels that is best for the team, then they’ll work with him.

    And it’s a good thing they did! Rodman’s defensive presence helped the Bulls get the 72 wins record in the regular season. And that record still stands today. And more importantly, Rodman helped the Bulls get their 2nd three-peat!!

    So judges, please, please, look at this guys performance/contributions/legacy on court. And recognize him as a Hall of Famer!

    All the best Dennis!

  73. josef says:

    yeah i agree with that. . . rodman should be in the hall of famer. . .

  74. Spencer says:

    I think he deserves to be in the hall of fame, but, I think they should wait a few more years. I know he was a great rebounder/defensive player but he was not the best power forward in the league, those people who say that need to look at overall stats not Bulls wins. I think they should wait for a while to tell new players that they can’t act like that and still get right in the hall of fame right away. I think his antics on the court took away from the game. To many times he would pull players to the ground and then grin like it was no problem if he hurt someone as long as the Bulls win. Let him in the hall of fame in about 5 years.

  75. Emanulu9 says:

    I want to see Superman, Batman, and … RODMAN at the NBA Hall of Fame!!

  76. Richard F. says:

    So, Dennis get ready with your speech ’cause you will be soon be a “Hall of Famer”! No doubt, no objections! Congratulations Dennis Rodman!

  77. The General says:

    The Grasshopper/ Worm/ Deer ruled. He was all those things. One of my heroes growing up for his hard work, effort, & tenacity. His physical preparation was unmatched. Overemotional yes, but that may have helped him be so great. Strong hands from wrestling cows. Definitely deserving of the HOF – more so than Pippen. Big-headed and media darling Jordan didn’t like him because of his history of frustratiing him on his way to winning championships with the Pistons. Pistons fans will remember Rodman and the Pistons took down Jordan and Pippen on a regular basis on their way to winning 2 championships. Then Rodman comes to the Bulls, and they then won 3 championships including having the best record in history 72-10. Go Rodman, you rule(d)!!

  78. Emanulu9 says:

    Dennis Rodman is one of the greatest rebounders ever to play professional basketball. His rebounding exploits have drawn comparisons with such legends as Wilt Chamberlain, Moses Malone, and Bill Russell, all of whom were taller and heavier. Sports Illustrated once called Rodman “a sort of basketball genius.” A dedicated analyst of the game and a tenacious defender, Rodman led the National Basketball Association (NBA) in rebounding for four consecutive years and helped lead his teams to five NBA championships.

    Career

    Detroit Pistons, professional basketball player, 1986-93; San Antonio Spurs, professional basketball player, 1993-95; writer, 1994-97; Chicago Bulls, professional basketball player, 1995-98; actor, 1996-; Los Angeles Lakers, professional basketball player, 1999; Dallas Mavericks, professional basketball player, 2000.

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