Thursday, August 11, 2011

Bad boy Dennis Rodman set to enter hoop Hall

Photograph by: Ronald Martinez, Getty Images
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame 2011 inductee Dennis Rodman looks on during halftime of the National Championship Game of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at Reliant Stadium on April 4, 2011 in Houston, Texas.

CALGARY HERALD - The outrageous outfits and tabloid tales guaranteed Dennis Rodman fame long after he finished running with the Bulls.

He was in Mexico about five years ago on a midnight run for tacos - the fun often started for Rodman around midnight - when a group of girls approached and started screaming his name.

An amused Rodman turned to his agent and marvelled, "Dude, these girls never saw me play basketball."

And what a player they missed. Rodman will get recognition for his often overlooked accomplishments on the court Friday when he is enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Two-time Olympic gold medallist Chris Mullin is the other headline name entering the shrine. Big men Artis Gilmore and Arvydas Sabonis; eight-time NBA champion Tom "Satch" Sanders of the Celtics; fivetime Olympic gold medallist Teresa Edwards; coaching greats Tex Winter, Tara VanDerveer and Herb Magee; and the late Reece "Goose" Tatum of the Harlem Globetrotters also will be honoured at Symphony Hall in Springfield, Mass.

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