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.”
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.”