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JasonJohnHorn
12-08-2012, 01:44 PM
As I'm sure we all know, after his final season with the Bulls, he was released from that team as they moved forward with a rebuilding project. He signed with the Lakers and while he did shoot a career low in FG%, he was very effective on the boards for the few games that he did play. He was waived however, and the following season ended up in Dallas where he again, shot at a low percentage but was rebounding the ball very well. He was again waived after a short time, and with Dallas I understand a little better, as he was ejected a couple of times, but, I never really heard any specific stories about why these two tenures were so short. Rodman was still rebounding the ball very well and playing defence. Does anybody know the reason why Rodman had such short tenures with the Lakers and the Mavs? I honestly feel, at least with the Lakers squad, that had Rodman been around for the post season, they could have won it that season.

Pluvious
12-08-2012, 01:46 PM
I don't remember the specifics anymore...but he was more trouble then he was worth at that point. Really hard to deal with by coaches and players.

abe_froman
12-08-2012, 01:54 PM
because rodman the distraction had outweighed rodman the player that that point,more concerned with his wrestling career and reality show.he was only brought on as a sideside act for publicity with the mav's anyway,which caused a feud between rodman and cuban

sep11ie
12-08-2012, 01:56 PM
Who cares? How long ago was this?

Chronz
12-08-2012, 02:14 PM
I was actually thinking about Rodman and LA the other day. Man he was a great addition when he actually played.

JasonJohnHorn
12-08-2012, 02:29 PM
I was actually thinking about Rodman and LA the other day. Man he was a great addition when he actually played.

I know... Shaq really needed some help on the glass in the post season, and Shaq couldn't guard Robinsn AND Duncan by himself... he needed Rodman.. i know that LAL got swpet that season by the Spurs, but the first three games were all single-digit loses... having a guy like Rodman could have made a difference in that series.

And Shaq lead the team in rebounding in the post season with 11+ a game, the next best rebounder was Kobe with 6+ a game... if Shaq and the Lakers had that 12+ boards from Rodman and his defence...

-Kobe24-TJ19-
12-08-2012, 02:38 PM
LOL I was thinking about the same thing couple days ago.

Chronz
12-08-2012, 02:43 PM
I know... Shaq really needed some help on the glass in the post season, and Shaq couldn't guard Robinsn AND Duncan by himself... he needed Rodman.. i know that LAL got swpet that season by the Spurs, but the first three games were all single-digit loses... having a guy like Rodman could have made a difference in that series.

And Shaq lead the team in rebounding in the post season with 11+ a game, the next best rebounder was Kobe with 6+ a game... if Shaq and the Lakers had that 12+ boards from Rodman and his defence...

I forgot what he was doing but they felt he was a distraction and gave him several warnings. IIRC it pained West to have to let him go but he wanted to send a message. It had to be bad if a guy like Cuban wasnt willing to hold on to him

Chronz
12-08-2012, 02:44 PM
LOL I was thinking about the same thing couple days ago.

LOL

Must be something in the water. Why you thinking about Rodman?

Pluvious
12-08-2012, 02:44 PM
LOL I was thinking about the same thing couple days ago.

I thought of it five minutes before you did.

Im_in_Mia_bish
12-08-2012, 02:47 PM
im thinking about it now.

KB-Pau-DH2012
12-08-2012, 02:53 PM
What would have been interesting if Rodman stayed with the Lakers the rest of that season in 1999, and then Phil coming in as coach of the Lakers that summer. Rodman would probably have been the starting PF for the 2000 and perhaps even the 2001 Lakers and would have retired with 7 titles.

Hellcrooner
12-08-2012, 03:36 PM
Rodman in L.a was a continous distraction, and god knows what kind of crap was he doing out there, drugs, orgies and whatever.
probably the f.o decided also to have him away from the young star they were breeding.

Lab Rat Robby
12-08-2012, 03:36 PM
the first basketball games i remember watching as a kid are the from the rodman spurs era. he was my favorite player, with that crazy hair and all that hustle. i always thought rodman just lost his competitive fire after playing on that legendary bulls team. those lakers and mavs runs seemed like they were just for fun.

JordansBulls
12-08-2012, 04:32 PM
He had no veteran players on those teams to put him in line. None of those teams had a megastar that had won anything yet, so he felt he could do whatever the hell he wanted which he did.

KB-Pau-DH2012
12-08-2012, 04:45 PM
He had no veteran players on those teams to put him in line. None of those teams had a megastar that had won anything yet, so he felt he could do whatever the hell he wanted which he did.

It could be that, but I mean c'mon, Shaq was Shaq and he was still widely respected at the time despite not having rings.

That team was 1 yr away from having Phil (Kurt Rambis just couldn't cut the mustard in that 98-99 shortened season as an interim after the firing of Del Harris), Ron Harper and Brian Shaw.


It was just really bad timing. The Lakers should have waited the following yr when Phil came to LA in the summer of '99.

Shlumpledink
12-08-2012, 07:52 PM
Rodman was a party animal and a bad influence on shaq, Shaq likes to party and he had a constant supply of partying from Rodman. But Rodman was good at challenging the authority of the coaching staff, and when you've got two superstars in shaq and kobe with their own egos, you don't want a lesser player challenging the authority as well.

Raidaz4Life
12-08-2012, 09:19 PM
I actually somehow remember this... (I was pretty young at the time), but Rodman consistently skipped practices and was going MIA without notifying the team which is why he was released. I was devastated when it happened because I loved Rodman.... I still love Rodman.

-Kobe24-TJ19-
12-09-2012, 05:24 AM
LOL

Must be something in the water. Why you thinking about Rodman?

Not about Rodman.

I was checking lakers rosters before shaq and kobe era and during 3peat

c.c.
12-09-2012, 05:28 AM
Who cares? How long ago was this?

This

Sssmush
12-09-2012, 06:27 AM
That was really frustrating, because everybody wanted to see him play great ball and help the team, and he WAS playing great, but it was almost like he had grown bored with basketball, like it was no longer a challenge anymore.

as I recall, the Lakers were going through some coaching switches up to Del Harris (?) is that right? But anyway, Rodman started getting weird and taking off his shoes and sitting on the sideline during games, or riding his exercise bike next to the bench and wouldn't take orders from the coach or something, it was really a bummer because everybody wanted him to play and he just kind of WTF'd it. A lot of people were kind of disappointed but I think he thought the Lakers were just kind of bush league at that time and he wasn't really bothered with it.