Well-known for his larger-than-life personality, Dennis Rodman is a retired NBA star, a former wrestler, actor, author and TV personality. He had an illustrious career as an NBA star, winning a total of 5 NBA championships in his 14-year career. He started out playing in the small forward position and later morphed into the power forward position.
Known by the moniker ‘The Worm’, Rodman stood out for his aggressive defensive abilities as well as his rebounding prowess. He held the NBA record for highest rebounds per game for 7 successive years and is adjudged to be the best rebounding forward in the history of the game. Dennis Rodman was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011.
Even though he has not flourished in some of his post-NBA endeavours, Rodman’s extravagant flamboyance has remained untouched as he has continued to stir headlines at every opportunity he gets. In addition to his numerous idiosyncrasies, Dennis Rodman is known for his peculiar friendship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. In June 2018, Rodman made headlines during the highly anticipated meeting between US president Donald Trump and the North Korean leader.
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Dennis Keith Rodman was born on May 31, 1961, in Trenton, New Jersey. His father Philander Rodman served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam war. However, he later relocated to the Philippines, abandoning his family in the United States. Rodman was then raised by his mother Shirley alongside 2 sisters Debra and Kim.
Dennis Rodman attended South Oak Cliff High School located in the Oak Cliff neighbourhood of Dallas, Texas. However, he was a very late bloomer as his talents were never discovered throughout high school. Upon graduation from high school, he had a brief stint at Cooke County College in Gainesville, Texas before moving to Southeastern Oklahoma State University. At Oklahoma State, Rodman posted very impressive stats, leading the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) in rebounding for 2 straight seasons.
During the 1986 NBA draft, Dennis Rodman was drafted by the Detroit Pistons in the 2nd round as the 27th overall pick. His first 2 seasons were inconsistent, however, the Pistons eventually won the NBA Finals in 1989. The following season, Rodman put up a superb performance, averaging 8.8 points and 9.7 rebounds in 43 games and was honoured with the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award. The Pistons dominated throughout the season as they won the 1990 NBA Finals as well as the 1990 NBA Playoffs. In the 1990-91 season, Rodman averaged 8.2 points and 12.5 rebounds in 77 games which earned him a 2nd consecutive NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award. His rebounding abilities were at an all-time high in the 1991-92 season as he averaged 18.7 rebounds per game and was named in the All-NBA Team for the first time. After 2 more seasons with the Detroit Pistons, Rodman was traded to the San Antonio Spurs in October 1993.
Dennis Rodman spent 2 seasons with the Spurs which were marred by several controversies. However, the NBA star maintained his rebounding title and also made the All-NBA Team in 1994. After the 1994-95 season, he was traded by the Spurs to the Chicago Bulls. Rodman, alongside Michael Jordan, was part of the iconic Bulls’ team which won 72 out of 82 in the 1995-96 season. He also helped the Bulls to a victory at the 1996 NBA Playoffs. The Bulls maintained their dominance, winning the 1997 and the 1998 NBA Playoffs with Rodman claiming his 6th and 7th consecutive rebounding titles respectively. After the 1997-98 season, Dennis Rodman was released by the Bulls in January 1999 as part of the team’s rebuilding process.
Rodman finished off the 1998-99 season with the Los Angeles Lakers before joining the Dallas Mavericks for the 1999/2000 season. He later embarked on a 3-year hiatus during which he delved into acting as well as pro wrestling. Rodman attempted to rejig his NBA career afterwards, however, he did not succeed at that. He eventually retired fully from basketball in 2008. In April 2011, the Detroit Pistons retired Dennis Rodman’s Number 10 jersey.
Dennis Rodman does not have a wife at the moment, however, the retired NBA star has had his fair share of marital unions. In the late 1980s, Rodman got involved with a woman named Annie Bakes. As a couple, Bakes and Rodman had one child together, a daughter named Alexis. They eventually got married in 1992, however, the union lasted for just one year as they got divorced in 1993. Between 1993 and 1997, Rodman dated several other women including Madonna and Vivica Fox. However, none of these high profile relationships led to marriage.
In November 1998, Dennis Rodman got married to model and actress Carmen Electra. Unfortunately, this union with Electra did not last long either as the model filed for divorce in April 1999, barely 5 months into the union. A few months after, Rodman started a relationship with another woman Michelle Moyer. As an unmarried couple, Rodman and Moyer had 2 children, son Dennis Junior (born in 2000) and daughter Trinity (born in 2001). They eventually tied the knot in 2003 on Rodman’s 42nd birthday. However, the marriage broke down the following year after Michelle Rodman (née Moyer) filed for divorce in 2004. Their divorce was finalized in 2012.
Is Dennis Rodman Gay? Wedding Dress
No thanks to his eccentric fashion sense, Dennis Rodman has always sparked numerous speculations about his sexuality. Even his numerous relationships with members of the opposite sex have not done much to remedy the situation. In 1996, the NBA star arrived for a book signing of his first autobiography Bad As I Wanna Be in a horse-drawn carriage wearing a wedding dress and a blonde wig. To top off the bold fashion statement he had made, Rodman made an announcement that he was bisexual and had intended to get married to himself. I guess that settles it!
As a basketball star, Dennis Rodman had a long successful career in the NBA. He played for 6 NBA teams during his 14-year career and also netted as much as $30 million in salary alone. However, Rodman has maintained a not-so-pocket friendly lifestyle throughout his adult life. His multiple marriages, costly divorce settlements coupled with series of legal battles have left him almost broke. Rodman’s bizarre antics have also not endeared him to fans and thus, he has not really been able to make so much money from endorsement deals.
As a result, Dennis Rodman’s net worth is pegged at $1 million, an impressive sum for any regular guy but quite shocking for an NBA star of Rodman’s calibre.
Height And Other Measurements
Dennis Rodman stands at a staggering height of 6 feet 7 inches (201 cm). The NBA Hall of Famer has maintained his weight at an average of 100 kg (220 lbs). Indeed, Rodman has the physique to match his over-the-top persona.