Dennis Rodman is a former American basketball player who had a career in the National Basketball Association (NBA) with various teams, including the Detroit Pistons, San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, and Dallas Mavericks. He was born on May 13, 1961, in New Jersey, USA.
Dennis Rodman Profile summary
|Real Name/Birth Name||Dennis Keith Rodman|
|Familiar name||Dennis Rodman|
|Profession||Retired professional basketball player|
|Date of Birth||13-May-61|
|Age||61 years old|
|Heights in Feet||6 feet and 6 inches|
|Height(s) cm||200 cm|
|Weight(s) in pound||220 pounds|
|Spouse||Annie Bakes (D. 1990s)
Carmen Electra (1998 -1999)
Michelle Moyer (2003 2012)
|Children||Yes (Alexis, Dennis Jr., and Trinity)|
|Net Worth||$800 thousand|
Dennis Rodman Early Life
Dennis Rodman was born in Trenton, New Jersey, USA. His father is named Philander Rodman, and his mother is Shirley Rodman. He has two siblings, named Debra Rodman and Kim Rodman.
Dennis Rodman Age, Height, Weight & Body Measurement
Dennis Rodman was born on May 13, 1961, making him 61 years old as of 2022. He is an American, stands at a height of 6 feet 7 inches, and has a weight of approximately 100 kilograms. He has black hair and dark brown eyes.
Dennis Rodman Education
Dennis Rodman attended South Oak Cliff High School, where he was a student in a gym class taught by future Texas A&M basketball coach Gary Blair. While attending the same school, Blair coached Rodman’s sisters, Debra and Kim Rodman, who achieved success in basketball, winning three state titles under his guidance. However, Dennis Rodman himself was not considered a standout athlete during his high school years. He mentioned that he was part of the high school basketball team but faced challenges due to his inability to score near the hoop. At that time, he had a height of just five feet and six inches, and he expressed feeling disappointed about this.
Following his high school years, Dennis Rodman initially worked as a late-night janitor at the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. During this time, he experienced a significant growth spurt, which encouraged him to make another attempt at pursuing a basketball career. However, he became even more withdrawn because he felt uncomfortable in his changing physique.
A family friend who was aware of his potential alerted the head coach of Cooke County College in Gainesville, Texas. During his single semester at the college, Rodman achieved impressive averages of 17.6 points and 13.3 rebounds. However, he was unable to graduate due to academic difficulties.
After his brief stint in Gainesville, Rodman transferred to Southeastern Oklahoma State University, an institution within the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). At Southeastern Oklahoma State University, he excelled as a three-time NAIA All-American and led the NAIA in rebounds twice.
Dennis Rodman Personal Life
Dennis Rodman has been married on three different occasions.
Dennis Rodman married model Annie Bakes on September 28, 1992. They had one child together, a daughter named Alexis Rodman, who was born in 1988. Regrettably, the couple’s marriage ended in divorce on December 17, 1993.
Dennis Rodman and Carmen Electra first met at a party on March 22, 1997, and their relationship progressed rapidly. They started dating and, after about six months, got married on November 14, 1998, in Las Vegas, Nevada. However, their marriage ended when Dennis Rodman filed for divorce on April 6, 1999. The couple did not have any children during their marriage.
Dennis Rodman commenced his relationship with Michelle Moyer in 1999. The couple tied the knot on May 13, 2003. However, their marriage, which spanned just under eight years, ended in divorce in 2012. Dennis Rodman and Michelle Moyer share two children together – a son named DJ Rodman, born on April 25, 2001, and a daughter named Trinity Rodman, born on May 20, 2002.
Dennis Rodman Professional Career
In 1986, Dennis Rodman was selected by the Detroit Pistons. The Pistons had a successful season, winning 52 games and securing a spot in the 1987 NBA Playoffs.
During the following season, Rodman continued to perform well, maintaining averages of 11.6 points and 8.7 rebounds. The Pistons reached the NBA Finals in 1988 but were defeated by the Los Angeles Lakers.
In the 1988-89 season, he spent some time on the bench but still managed to average 9.0 points and 9.4 rebounds in 27 minutes. The Pistons eventually made it to the finals, where they emerged victorious against the Lakers. Despite battling back spasms, Rodman contributed significantly with 19 rebounds.
The Pistons clinched the championship for two consecutive years, and Rodman played a crucial role in their success. His outstanding defensive skills and remarkable rebounding abilities earned him a spot on the 1990 NBA All-Star team. Additionally, he was a finalist for the Defensive Player of the Year award and started a streak of seven consecutive rebounding titles in 1992.
Dennis Rodman’s relationship with the Pistons’ management became strained in 1993 when coach Chuck Daly, who was like a father figure to Rodman, resigned. Despite having a few years left on his contract, Rodman left the team and was traded to the San Antonio Spurs.
With the San Antonio Spurs, Rodman played as a power forward and adopted a distinctive appearance, including shaving his head, dyeing it blonde, and experimenting with various other hair colors. However, his behavior during this period led to several scandals. His brief two-month romance with singer Madonna became public, attracting significant attention.
During the 1994-1995 season, Rodman was suspended twice due to altercations with the club’s management staff. He returned to the game after a 19-game absence.
In the 1995-96 season, Rodman was transferred to the Chicago Bulls as a power forward. The Bulls already had well-known players such as Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. Despite facing calf problems, Rodman continued to excel, achieving over 20 rebounds in a game 11 times. He recorded his first triple-double against the Philadelphia 76ers with ten points.
However, Rodman was involved in another controversy when he head-butted referee Ted Bernhardt during a game, resulting in a $20,000 fine and a six-game ban from the league.
He won multiple rebounding championships with the Chicago Bulls and later had a brief stint with the Los Angeles Lakers before retiring with the Dallas Mavericks.
After a hiatus from basketball, Rodman made several attempts to return to the sport but couldn’t replicate his earlier success. He was eventually inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame in 2011.
During his time away from basketball, Rodman explored wrestling and entertainment, joining his friend Hulk Hogan in WCW Nitro on March 10, 1997. He also made a debut as a member of the nWo at another event. In 2008, he returned to wrestling and won the Hulk Hogan’s Celebrity Championship Wrestling.
In 1996, he launched his talk show, ‘The Rodman World Tour,’ on MTV, known for his unconventional interviewing style.
Rodman made his feature film debut in 1997 with ‘Double Team,’ alongside Jean-Claude Van Damme and Mickey Rourke. Despite the negative reception, he starred in another action film titled ‘Simon Sez’ in 1999.
He also appeared on various reality television series, including the United Kingdom’s ‘Celebrity Big Brother,’ ‘Love Island,’ and ‘Celebrity Apprentice.’
Rodman published his autobiography ‘Bad As I Wanna Be’ in 1996 and famously promoted it by wearing a bridal gown, declaring himself bisexual and expressing his intention to marry himself. He was later revealed to have accepted $10 million from a designer in exchange for wearing the gown.
In 2013, Rodman traveled to North Korea with Vice Media’s Ryan Duffy to stage a basketball demonstration. He and his colleagues met North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for the first time, and Rodman declared Kim to be his “lifelong buddy.”
In 2017, Dennis Rodman faced another controversy when the media scrutinized his trip to North Korea. Some media outlets questioned whether President Donald Trump had sent Rodman to seek the release of American detainees or to establish a new diplomatic channel. Rodman strongly denied these allegations and any involvement by the government in his visit.