Dennis Rodman shares unique approach to rebounding
Episode 3 of the 10-part ESPN docuseries “The Last Dance” detailed Dennis Rodman’s path to becoming the NBA’s leading rebounder for seven straight seasons.
“I’d just sit there and react, react. I just practiced a lot about the angle of the ball and the trajectory of it. You got a Larry Bird, it’s gonna spin. You got a Magic, it’ll maybe spin. When Michael shoot over here, I position myself right there. Now it hit the rim, it’s boom. Click, go back this way. Boom, here, here. Click, go that way. Boom, that way. Click here, this way. So basically I just start learning how to put myself in a position to get the ball.”
Dennis Rodman is recalling exactly how each player’s ball would spin and let me again say RECALLING, which doesn’t even highlight the initial fact that he KNEW the angles and spins of the balls like this in the first place good lord #TheLastDance 👏 @dennisrodman #genius pic.twitter.com/4v2SVocSKc
— Lauren Zima (@laurenzima) April 27, 2020
Dennis Rodman played a perfect complement to Michael Jordan and the Bulls due to his lack of need for the basketball on offense. Most of Rodman’s baskets would come on put-backs, trail plays, cleaning up misses and preventing a second crack at the basket, or at the foul line after snatching away possessions from his opponents.
Rodman led the league in rebounding from 1991-92 to 1997-98 (two years with Detroit, two years with the San Antonio Spurs, and three years with Chicago) and also chipped in some massive double-digit rebounding averages in shortstops with the Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks during the latter part of his NBA career.
Rodman’s unique vision and innate nose for the basketball made him more than just a gifted rebounder but a pest that most teams had to deal with in every minute he was on the court.