How Bulls went to great lengths to stop Dennis Rodman from going to Las Vegas
Basketball fans are eagerly awaiting the next two episodes of ESPN’s Chicago Bulls documentary, The Last Dance, which are set to air on Sunday night.
The documentary–which centers around the 1997-98 Bulls–has provided fans with much-needed content amid the absence of sports due to the coronavirus, and each episode thus far has had an angle.
The premier focused primarily on Michael Jordan, the predominant superstar who helped the NBA’s popularity explode in the 80s and 90s. Episode 2 centered around Scottie Pippen, the do-it-all small forward who has garnered a reputation as the ultimate “sidekick” in sports.
One of the next two episodes will take a closer look at Chicago’s third star: enigmatic small forward Dennis Rodman.
Former Bulls center Joe Kleine spoke about what it was like to be Rodman’s teammate, recounting how the team used to have fake film sessions merely to prevent Rodman from flying to Las Vegas.
Ahead of Episodes 3 and 4 of #TheLastDance former Arkansas and Bulls center @SlaterMoJoe joined @ChrisDoering and @PeterBurnsESPN to reveal what it was like to play with The Worm during the '97-'98 season. pic.twitter.com/tcYRkiDDFm
— College Sports on SiriusXM (@SXMCollege) April 26, 2020
Rodman came into the NBA as a scrawny and athletic wing who would eventually mold himself into one of the best defenders in the league during his years with the Detroit Pistons.
By the time he came to the Bulls ahead of the 1995-96 season, however, Rodman had become a staple in pop culture due to his ever-changing hair color and eccentric personality.
Rodman was still one of the best defenders and rebounders in the NBA during this time, but he had also developed an affinity for partying. This obviously ran counter to Jordan’s mindset as one of the most ruthless and focused competitors in the history of basketball.
Catch the next two episodes of The Last Dance on ESPN starting at 9 p.m. EST.