Rodman Rejoins Jam for ABA Title Game
The Associated Press
Friday, March 5, 2004; 8:11 PM
LONG BEACH, Calif. - Dennis Rodman will rejoin the Long Beach Jam to play in the American Basketball Association championship game Tuesday night.
Rodman was released by the team two weeks ago to pursue tryouts with NBA teams. He played two games for the Jam, most recently Jan. 18.
"My original plan was to attend the game as a fan," Rodman said Friday. "But I am in 100 percent basketball shape and realize that I am in the unique position to be the first player ever to win an ABA and NBA championship in the same season."
The 42-year-old Rodman, the NBA's leading rebounder for seven straight seasons during the 1990s, claims a handful of NBA teams are pursuing him and believes the best way for him to showcase his skills is in the ABA title game.
"The knowledge he brings to our young players from a competitive standpoint puts us in a great position to win an ABA title," Jam president Steve Chase said.
Rodman signed a contract paying him $850 a week in December, but did not practice with the team until Jan. 10 because he said he was rehabilitating an injured knee.
He grabbed 14 rebounds in 28 minutes in his debut with the Jam on Jan. 16 in a 131-110 victory over Fresno, and had eight rebounds in a little less than 19 minutes against Jersey.
Prior to joining the Jam, Rodman hadn't played pro basketball since being waived by the NBA's Dallas Mavericks in 2000. He played on five NBA championship teams.
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