The Hall of Fame: Should Dennis Rodman Be Inducted?
The oft-controversial, one-of-a-kind Dennis Rodman is way more well-known for his off-court antics than for anything he’s done on it.
Rodman’s cross-dressing, rump-shaking in front of the scorer’s table, tattooing and piercing himself into a bad boy image, hasn’t done anything toward improving his image as a player. However, none of this has stopped him from becoming a finalist for NBA Hall of Fame consideration. In fact, the elite rebounder and defensive player has even edged out Reggie Miller for the honor.
To make matters worse, he’s had quite a few run-ins with his coaches, team executives and the law. He’s also been in drug rehab twice. We know what you’re thinking, none of this should matter. Hall of Fame status should be based on his performance on the court only.
If only it were that simple.
The board who reviews the candidates who are up for the Hall of Fame will deny entry to anyone who has brought damage to the game. Rodman may not have a chance. However, Rodman led the league in rebounds for seven straight years and played significant roles in the championship runs of the Detroit Pistons and of course, the Michael Jordan–led Chicago Bulls. He averaged more than 13 rebounds over his career.
Despite these unique accomplishments, a league that shows more and more signs of David Stern‘s insistence upon cleaning it up every season may not be willing to commemorate the Bad As I Wanna Be author.
NFL players Lawrence Taylor and Michael Irvin faced similar issues when up for Hall of Fame consideration, and the league turned out to be forgiving. Here’s hoping the same happens for Rodman?