In a remote interview on ESPN’s First Take, former San Antonio Spurs power forward Dennis Rodman said that the team got rid of him for nobody.
As one of the most coveted defensive players in the league at the time, Rodman established himself as the best rebounder in the NBA. When it was all said and done, we could confidently make a case for Rodman as the greatest rebounder to ever play the game, which is why he felt slighted when the Spurs traded him to the Chicago Bulls in 1995.
Since he was a marquee talent with an unselfish playstyle and a big personality, Rodman felt that San Antonio did itself a disservice in trading him for backup center Will Perdue. Nicknamed ‘The Worm,’ Rodman ended up winning multiple championships playing with one of the greatest teams of all-time with Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen.
“I’m coming in kind of hot because San Antonio just got rid of me for, pretty much for nobody; Will Perdue straight up, and I’m like ‘What the hell is this all about?’ So they say Dennis you’re going to Chicago,.”
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However, Rodman wasn’t quite as effective in his days with the Spurs. While he set some rebounding records and helped make that part of Hall of Fame center David Robinson‘s career a bit easier, his overwhelming personality and off-court antics were a distraction for the team that decided to let him move on to the next stage of his career.
The trade ended up working out for all parties in the end. Rodman got to be a part of history with the Bulls and just a few years later, the Spurs won a championship with Perdue coming off the bench to play backup for Robinson.
Tensions had been rising between Rodman and the Spurs organization at the twilight of his tenure in the Alamo City. It was best for both parties despite the circumstances. We’ll remember his short time with San Antonio for his explosive personality and earth-shattering records, like his 32-rebound game against the Dallas Mavericks.
Dennis is a fun player to remember and despite the way things ended between him and the Spurs, we’ll be remembered for his zany approach to the world around him.