In the tell-all autobiography by pro basketball bad boy Dennis Rodman, he talks about his troubled childhood growing up in Trenton, NJ. He wasn't much for school or sports, not getting serious with playing basketball until he grew a lot after his senior year of high school. He needed to go to Cooke County Junior College in Texas before qualifying to play at the NCAA level at Southeastern Oklahoma State. Rodman got drafted in the second round by the Detroit Pistons where he flourished under coach Chuck Daly's defensive system and Detroit's bruising style of play. He took pride in playing hard and doing the dirty work of rebounding. He is candid in his criticism of many of the stars he played with and against in the NBA, particularly David Robinson while in San Antonio.
He mentions the collapse of his relationship with the mother of his child and his daughter Alexis born in 1989 who means the world to him. He talks about drug use and his whirlwind relationship with Madonna, specifically the sexual demands she placed upon him. Rodman is very comfortable with who he is and his sexuality, although many of his altercations with the law, the NBA, players, fans, etc. may reveal comfort is one thing, unbalanced behavior is another. The Worm, as he was called, is an enigmatic character even by today's sports personalities. He could easily be dismissed as a fluke or publicity stunt gone wrong but the guy could play, mastering the art of rebounding the basketball, and was a major component of 5 NBA championship teams.
This report prepared by David Fletcher