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Posted at 10:34 AM ET, 04/05/2011

Dennis Rodman: ‘I thought with the way I am I wouldn't get in


Hmmmm...which one is Dennis Rodman? (Charlie Neibergall /AP)

Dennis Rodman, it turns out, worried needlessly that his unusual lifestyle — outstripped only by his odd fashion sense and knack for creating controversy — would outweigh his considerable basketball skills and keep him out of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Still, his outfit Monday might have given voters pause.

On a night on which other inductees brought out their suits, Rodman turned up in a silvery scarfy-boa kind of thing (frankly, the shoes were a mistake, but at least he didn’t show up in the wedding dress).

“I thought with the way I am I wouldn't get in,” he said . “People always said, ‘Dennis you do too many things off the court that don't represent us or the Hall.’ I didn’t take offense. I said, ‘Thanks, whatever.'’I had a great time. I had a great career. So I just blew it off.

“Now this represents the fact that they looked past all the negativity. 'He actually changed the game a little bit. He changed the way guys rebound, changed way people played defense, changed the way people look at the game, approach the game.' I wasn't a good scorer. I wasn't the best athlete. I never tried to get everybody looking at me.”
(Charlie Neibergall / AP)

That would explain his understated look Monday night.

“To be honest with you, I'm surprised I'm still living,” Rodman said. “I like to have a good time. I hang with the girls, do this, this and this. I own nightclubs. I own hotels. I like to go across country and enjoy myself.

"What the hell. With all the things that have happened with me, [bleep], I'm here. I'd say that's an accomplishment.”

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