In 1994, Michael Jordan signed Dennis Rodman to begin playing for the Chicago Bulls for several reasons. Rodman was fundamentally one of the NBA’s greatest rebounders and defenders. Unquestionably, Dennis had a significant influence on the Bulls, who went on to emerge as one of the greatest and most successful teams in NBA history. Additionally, he assisted Jordan in capturing his last three NBA titles.
The Bulls were thrashed by the Houston Rockets in the NBA Finals in 1994 after seven matches. The Bulls’ incapacity to rebound the ball was one of the primary factors in the team’s defeat. The Rockets averaged 10.1 more rebounds per game than the Bulls.
Michael Jordan sought to trade Dennis Rodman into the Bulls after realizing that he had captured five NBA titles and could rebound like nobody else. Scottie Pippen didn’t want him in the Chicago Bulls, so he blurted “Do not bring that crazy dude”, since Rodman exhibited such an eccentric and bizarre personality.
However, Jordan was adamant; the Bulls needed the rebounds which Rodman could’ve contributed. So he asked Phil Jackson if he could manage him, and he agreed. Rodman went down as the most valuable rebounder ever in the game, even though he couldn’t score points initially.
Rodman provided the Bulls with the ideal rebounds. In his career, he averaged 16.8 rebounds per match and won the NBA rebounding championship seven times. Additionally, Rodman was an excellent defender. He had been chosen for the NBA All-Defensive First Team five times, and in 1992, he had the highest average of steals per game in the league.
Michael Jordan had no problems with Dennis Rodman’s bizzare personality
Michael Jordan detested Dennis Rodman initially when the big man was still playing for the Detroit Pistons. When Dennis Rodman played with the Detroit Pistons, Michael Jordan detested the big man. When the Worm sprinted toward the basket, the Chicago Bulls superstar would frequently get knocked to the court and suffer numerous bruises. But once the Bulls obtained Rodman from the Spurs in 1995, everything turned out different.
Jordan was convinced that ‘the rebounding machine’ would assist Chicago in winning championships because he grasped what he brought to the table. Jordan managed to deal with Rodman’s quirky behavior because he appreciated the enthusiasm and intensity with which the New Jersey native played, despite his peculiarities.
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After the Bulls earned their fifth championship in 1997, Jordan had been questioned by the press if he desired Dennis back. Even with his furious nature, His Airness made it quite apparent that Chicago had to re-sign the two-time Defensive Player of the Year. He didn’t care about his absurd haircut or the vibrant dresses he donned. What he adored in Rodman was his willingness to give his 110% even when he couldn’t guarantee scores.
Jordan said, “His dresses don’t bother me. His hair doesn’t bother me. Sure, I mean, he’s gonna go wacko now and then. We’ve come to live with that. We’ve come to accept that. But you can’t find another player on the basketball court who works just as hard as Dennis Rodman. Gives 110%, and dives at loose balls even if he can’t get them.”
He further added, “That’s Dennis Rodman. So I don’t have a problem with Dennis, and I don’t think Phil does. I don’t think Scottie does. We’ve been able to control him to some degree, and we’re here for champions back-to-back“, he added. (h/t via Sports Casting)
Rodman spent three years in Chicago, although he had not been chosen on an All-Star team. He nevertheless contributed to Jordan and the Bulls winning three straight titles by being a force on the boards.