Thanks to Henry Abbott, I had a chance to cover the Dennis Rodman number-retirement ceremony for TrueHoop. An excerpt of the post:
Not even three minutes into his pregame media conference, Rodman began to cry. This giant man who contained some of the best players in NBA history on the court couldn’t contain the emotions pouring through his body.
The sounds he made — part snort, part grunt, part sob — barely sounded human. Then, moments later, when the tears rolled beneath his oversized butterfly sunglasses, you couldn’t help but feel how human he actually is.
“I just felt like I didn’t deserve to have my number retired,” Rodman said after he regained his composure, pushing the tears back up his cheek as they hit his mouth, “because I didn’t do as much I should here.”
Rodman played his heart out for the Pistons. He keyed two world championships. He used to pick up homeless people on his way to games, give them tickets, then take them shopping and give them money afterward.
On and off the court, he owes Detroit nothing.
But that doesn’t mean his Pistons tenure was as magical as he remembers it.
In addition to this, make sure you read all the great Rodman coverage Patrick compiled.