When the San Antonio Spurs traded for Dennis Rodman back in 1993, the Spurs got a rebounding machine and a counter part to David Robinson in the paint in the hopes to help propel the team to the NBA Finals.
And while Rodman did help the Spurs to some of their best seasons in franchise history, it was also marked a turning point in his life and became the flamboyant personality we all know him today.
Now the new member of the Basketball Hall of Fame talks about his days in San Antonio. From his rocky relationship with Robinson, being bored in San Antonio, when he began the radical hair color changes and much more, check out "The Worm" and what he had to say about being a Spur.
As much as I love coach Pop and agree with his team-first philosophy and his general creed, I've always regretted the decision to trade Rodman. If we could have made that work, it would have been amazing. If we wouldn't have traded him, we still probably would have gone 20-62 or whatever it was and had gotten Duncan. Could you imagine a front line of Duncan, D-Rob and Rodman coming off the bench (which he would have done)!!!!!???? That would have been epic.
@dannyholloway yeah he is exactly what the SAS need on the court. so far Blair hasn't apnned out to be a better rebounder though
His behavior, though outlandish, wasn't AS BAD in Chicago. He was still "colorful" but he never served as a distraction on the Bulls. And I think it's because of the way Phil Jackson just let him be. As long as it didn't affect his game, they would just let him be.
The problem, as I saw it back then, in SA was that we wouldn't let him be. According to an interview that Rodman did with Jim Rome after we lost to the Rockets in 95, he said that teammates were always "taddle telling" on him and trying to convert him to being a Christian. lol. Now, I don't know how true that is (tho I can certainly imagine AJ and D-Rob doing this), but I can't help but think that Scottie and MJ never really pushed their agendas on him.
Like I said, who knows if that's even true. But if it is, I really can't blame Rodman for going a bit crazy while he was here. We shoulda just let him be.