Dennis Rodman

Roncalli High
Port Saunders, Newfoundland

By Lori O. (Grade 12)

Describe your average basketball player! Hmmm.... About 6' 8", 210 pounds, between 20 and 40 years old, and in good condition? Sounds like a basketball player to me . Let's try someone who is 6' 8", 220 pounds, 37, plays forward, a good rebounder, gets a few assists. Could be many people, right? Now let's give this player red, blue, orange, green, or yellow hair. I think now you can narrow it down.

Dennis Rodman is definitely unique. Some may find him a bit weird or freaky, but why? Isn't it normal for someone to dress up in a wedding dress and pretend to be their own bride ? Isn't it normal for Madonna's male friends to borrow her clothes ?

Dennis Rodman is one-in-a-million, both on and off the basketball court. He makes the Bull's complete. With over fifteen rebounds a night, ten points, and five assists, he's a big part of the team. Although he does some stupid things, he did calm down in this year's final. Besides his incident with a camera, and a few words with referees, he hasn't done anything that any normal player wouldn't do.

Rodman wasn't always into basketball. He didn't play in high school. It was only after he grew eight inches that he started playing. Besides the way he sometimes looks, Rodman is rather "normal". He has written a book and owns a construction company. He listens to country music; in fact, Randy Travis is his favorite singer. Rodman is also an actor--in his movie "Double Team," he plays a character one could actually compare to him.

He has definitely livened up the basketball. So whether one likes him or not, he's going to be around. The NBA wouldn't be the same without him!

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