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The Last Dance: The F*** Up Person, Dennis Rodman

Dennis Rodman and the Bad Boy Pistons. The rise of the Bulls dynasty. The Vegas Vacation we all need.

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The Last Dance: The F*** Up Person, Dennis Rodman

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Another week of social distancing has come and gone and so have two episodes of The Last Dance. This weeks focus was on the impact Dennis Rodman had on the Bulls, both in this time with the “Bad Boy” Detroit Pistons and with the Bulls. The rivalry between the two teams turned into deep hatred that still exists to this day.

Dennis Rodman

Rodman had his rise to fame with the Detroit Pistons in the late 80s, but really took off when he got to the Bulls. The Pistons were nicknamed “The Bad Boys” for the physicality in which they played. Knowing they weren’t as talented as the Lakers or the Celtics, the Pistons put their bodies to use and basically fought other players on the court. This team was the biggest hill the Bulls needed to get over to become the dynasty we all know and love.

Some people call him crazy, others an icon, but here’s what there’s no debate around: Dennis Rodman was one of the greatest rebounders of all time. The way he carried himself during his time with the Bulls, he was considered the most controversial player in the NBA.

Rodman was ruthless on the court. A dominant defender who would do anything to get a rebound. The man had more 0 point 20 rebound games (7) than anyone in NBA history. That’s an impressive stat line, and it’s what set him apart from other athletes at the time.

Aside from the great hair colors over the years, Rodman was also known for wearing pretty much anything. His style was so different from everyone else it made him stick out like a sore thumb. The infamous wedding dress is a big example of how Rodman created his own unique style. After Rodman left the Detroit Pistons he really came into his own in terms of a style and he admits to being in a dark place at the time and things like this helped him.

The Jordan Rules

To put it plainly, the Jordan rules were “beat the crap out of Michael Jordan if he gets into the paint.” That’s exactly what they and it worked. The Jordan Rules were so successful, it forced Jordan to undergo strength training for the first time in his career, adding about 15 pounds of muscle in the next offseason to push back against the Pistons.

Not to bring LeBron into this, but if one teams rule was to attack him like the way they attack Jordan, the NBA would freak out. The players today are way too valuable to the league to let this happen. Personally, today’s NBA should throw some hands around like back in the day. The NHL lets their players, why not the NBA?

Phil Jackson Knicks Highlights

We got some beautiful pre-3-point line New York Knicks highlights in this episode. Phil Jackson was a part of the only two championships that this sorry franchise has. They compared his rebounding during his time playing with that of Dennis Rodman in the ’90s. They also touched on his drug use… LSD did wonders for the mind of the most successful NBA coach of all time.

But most importantly, the documentary took us through his coaching years up until Jerry Krause hired him as a part of the Bulls staff. Phil’s greatest strength was implementing the Triangle Offense, the offensive scheme that would eventually win him 11 championships over his career.

Michael hated this offense because it emphasized passing the ball around a 3-person set and creating shots for others. Scott Cacciola from the NY Times wrote this in 2014:

“The triangle — and there is an actual triangle formed by the post, wing and corner players on the strong side of the court — revolves around seven guiding principles that include maintaining proper spacing (about 15 to 20 feet between players), penetration by passing and the interchangeability of positions. Every player ought to be able to score, and from different angles.”

Jordan outright said to the camera that he didn’t like the idea of the ball not being in his hand. Fortunately for the Bulls, he warmed up to the idea of the offense and they eventually got their first ring by upsetting the Los Angeles Lakers and his college teammate, James Worthy.

The Shot

Before Phil Jackson and before any championships, there was The Shot.

The Shot elevated the Bulls past the Cavs in the first round of the ’89 playoffs. It took the Bulls from being a franchise that was known for losing in the postseason, to a team that had a chance at the finals every year. The team would eventually go on to lose to Isiah Thomas and the Pistons, but The The Shot would be one of Jordan’s most iconic moments as a basketball player.

Carmen Electra

I don’t have much to say. I just wanted to point out how good she looks at almost 50! Also, the videos of the 48-hour Vegas vacation looked exahusting and impressive.

Isiah Thomas

Jordan hates him to this day and I hate him for ruining the Knicks.

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